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The Upper Limit of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh 11672, Saudi Arabia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4301; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164301
Received: 11 July 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 5 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Smart Cities and Villages)
Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG) solar systems, are deemed important contenders in future sustainable cities. Because deploying DG systems is associated with technical, financial, policy, and market implications that impact utilities, governments, and businesses, quantifying the potential of DG systems that could be deployed in a certain jurisdiction ex ante helps inform the decision-making process for all stakeholders. To that end, the upper limit of rooftop PV systems that could be deployed in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was assessed with the aid of geographic information systems (GIS). By relying on urban land lot data for different categories, i.e., zones, and the maximum allowable area that could be built within a certain lot using prevailing building codes and regulations, the rooftop area suitable for PV deployment within Riyadh Metro was quantified. The analysis was restricted to rooftops in residential, mosque, shopping mall, and health care buildings only. Following the quantification of the rooftop area, the upper limit of rooftop solar PV capacity that can be deployed in the city of Riyadh was found to be 4.34 GW. This capacity represents nearly 22% of the peak load and can satisfy approximately 9% of the energy requirement in the central region, the region in which Riyadh resides. View Full-Text
Keywords: GIS; distributed generation; solar photovoltaics; rooftop solar; land parcel; Saudi Arabia GIS; distributed generation; solar photovoltaics; rooftop solar; land parcel; Saudi Arabia
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Elshurafa, A.M; Muhsen, A.R. The Upper Limit of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4301. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164301

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Elshurafa, Amro M; Muhsen, Abdel R. 2019. "The Upper Limit of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study" Sustainability 11, no. 16: 4301. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164301

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