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Energies 2018, 11(10), 2789; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102789

GIS-Based Methodology for Evaluating the Wind-Energy Potential of Territories: A Case Study from Andalusia (Spain)

Department of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis, University of Seville, C/Doña María de Padilla s/n, 41004 Seville, Spain
Received: 6 September 2018 / Revised: 10 October 2018 / Accepted: 11 October 2018 / Published: 17 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Energy)
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In recent years, Spain, in an effort to meet European Union (E.U.) targets, has been developing different strategies to promote the installation of renewable energy plants. In this regard, evaluating territories to assess their potential and thus identify optimum sites for the installation of energy-generating facilities is a crucial task. This paper presents a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS)-based site-selection methodology for wind-power plants in the province of Córdoba, which has hitherto been regarded as unsuitable for this sort of facility owing to the lack of wind resources. Three scenarios have been set out, each of which presents a different set of restrictions. Scenario 2 applies the most stringent restrictions in the specialized literature, and finds no suitable areas for the installation of wind-energy plants. However, Scenario 1, which applies the least stringent restrictions, and Scenario 3, which applies the same restrictions currently in force for other wind turbines already in operation in Andalusia, have led to the identification of several areas that could a priori be considered suitable and now need more detailed analysis. The results illustrate the convenience of undertaking multiscenario analyses. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind energy; GIS; multiscenario analyses wind energy; GIS; multiscenario analyses
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Díaz-Cuevas, P. GIS-Based Methodology for Evaluating the Wind-Energy Potential of Territories: A Case Study from Andalusia (Spain). Energies 2018, 11, 2789.

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