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Solar Energy Data Analytics: PV Deployment and Land Use

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Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Via Flaminia 72, 00196 Rome, Italy
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Department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, TU Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134, 2628BL Delft, The Netherlands
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Energies 2020, 13(2), 417; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13020417
Received: 17 December 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue PV Systems: from Small- to Large-Scale)
EU targets for sustainable development call for strong changes in the current energy systems as well as committed protection of environmental resources. This target conflicts if a policy is not going to promote the compatible solutions to both the issues. This is the case of the additional renewable energy sources to be exploited for increasing the share in the electricity mix and in the gross final energy consumption. Solar energy is, currently, the cheapest solution in Southern European Countries, like Italy. In this paper, thanks to the availability of three open databases provided by National Institutions, the authors compared the historic trends and policy scenarios for soil consumption, electricity consumption, and renewable electricity production to check correlations. The provincial scale was chosen as resolution of the analysis. The deviations from the policy scenarios was then addressed to identify the demand for policy recommendations and pathways to promote in order to achieve the target for renewable electricity share as well as the reduction in soli consumption trend in 2030. The role of renewables integrated in the existing contexts, such as building integrated photovoltaics, is considered a key driver for solving this issue.
Keywords: open energy analytics; energy planning; building integrated photovoltaics; solar energy; electrification in the built environment open energy analytics; energy planning; building integrated photovoltaics; solar energy; electrification in the built environment
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Mancini, F.; Nastasi, B. Solar Energy Data Analytics: PV Deployment and Land Use. Energies 2020, 13, 417.

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