Tuesday 12 November 2013

RESEARCH: Entering the Second Year - Research Progress

It's frightening to think that I have now entered the second year of my PhD.  I feel like the last twelve months have been a whirlwind, but at the same time I'm pleased with my progress.

The quantitative data collection for my PhD is now well underway.  I'm attempting to survey householders in both metropolitan and regional communities regarding their interaction with domestic solar electricity.  I'm surveying households that have installed solar systems to determine their motivation for doing so, and in particular the importance of rebates in their decision-making process.  I'm also surveying households that have not installed systems to find out how they feel about contributing funds towards rebates for solar systems on other people's houses.

My metropolitan survey collection is now complete, with a response rate of 22% for the surveys for those that have not installed systems and 35% for those that have installed surveys.  Summary statistics will be available on my blog in the not-too-distant future.

If you would like to have a go at my survey an online version has been developed to assist in collection of regional data and can be accessed here.