GIS as a tool for solar urban planning

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GIS as a tool for solar urban planning

Dominik.Uhe
GIS is a very useful tool for solar urban planning. The following paper shows the broad application area of the system. ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to present the contribution of Geographic Information System, (GIS), technologies to improve regional or local energy plans preparation; policy makers and administrative bodies need reliable tools that can facilitate plans for intervention in the built environment and an extensive employment of sun is important for their sustainability. In particular the Photovoltaics, (PV), needs more attention in urban areas, for its better integration with the built environment. The wide-scale application of PV in the built environment has been drawing interest in recent years and the feasibility of a preliminary rough estimation of the solar energy potential of buildings and infrastructures can be envisaged as a reasonable way to help local governments mapping the entire solar energy potential, e.g. rooftops, facades, public squares, etc.. Local governments in highly urbanized countries with good levels of solar radiation should take advantage of the unexploited solar energy potential in their territories. A methodology and an algorithm for the creation of a possible GIS-based tool for an efficient development of PV in the built environment is shown, proving how it could become a reliable practice in PV urban planning at a local, regional, national and even international level. Further information: http://enea.academia.edu/MaurizioPollino/Papers/318522/GIS_as_a_tool_for_solar_urban_planning