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Grey SWARA-FUCOM Weighting Method for Contractor Selection MCDM Problem: A Case Study of Floating Solar Panel Energy System Installation

School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Energies 2019, 12(13), 2481; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12132481
Received: 1 May 2019 / Revised: 16 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Energy Consumption)
Selection of the most appropriate contractor for the installation of solar panels is essential to maximizing the benefit of this renewable, sustainable energy source. Solar energy is one of the 100% renewable energy sources, but implementation may not be very simple and cost-effective. A key phase in the implementation of renewable energy is the evaluation of contractors for the installation of solar panels, which is addressed as a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) problem. A new hybrid method is proposed that combines the stepwise weight analysis ratio assessment (SWARA) and full consistent method (FUCOM) weights that are represented as grey numbers used with traditional grey relational analysis (GRA) and evaluation based on distance from average solution (EDAS) methods. The ranking of contractors by both methods is the same, which confirmed the results presented in this research. The use of the grey SWARA-FUCOM weighting method combined with the GRA and EDAS methods increased the decision-makers’ (DMs) confidence in awarding the installation of the solar panel energy system to the top-ranked contractor. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar energy; renewable energy; grey system theory; multi-criteria decision-making; pairwise comparison; grey relational analysis; stepwise weight analysis ratio assessment; full consistent method solar energy; renewable energy; grey system theory; multi-criteria decision-making; pairwise comparison; grey relational analysis; stepwise weight analysis ratio assessment; full consistent method
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Cao, Q.; Esangbedo, M.O.; Bai, S.; Esangbedo, C.O. Grey SWARA-FUCOM Weighting Method for Contractor Selection MCDM Problem: A Case Study of Floating Solar Panel Energy System Installation. Energies 2019, 12, 2481.

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Cao Q, Esangbedo MO, Bai S, Esangbedo CO. Grey SWARA-FUCOM Weighting Method for Contractor Selection MCDM Problem: A Case Study of Floating Solar Panel Energy System Installation. Energies. 2019; 12(13):2481.

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Cao, Qingpeng; Esangbedo, Moses O.; Bai, Sijun; Esangbedo, Caroline O. 2019. "Grey SWARA-FUCOM Weighting Method for Contractor Selection MCDM Problem: A Case Study of Floating Solar Panel Energy System Installation" Energies 12, no. 13: 2481.

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