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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 422-440;

Residential Solar PV Planning in Santiago, Chile: Incorporating the PM10 Parameter

Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Avenida Diagonal Las Torres 2640, Peñalolén, Santiago 7941169, Chile
Chemical and Biochemical Process Technology and Control Section, Department of Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Willem De Croylaan 46, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 19 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 December 2014 / Published: 31 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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This paper addresses an economic study of the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for residential power generation in Santiago, Chile, based on the different parameters of a PV system, such as efficiency. As a performance indicator, the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) was used, which indicates the benefit of the facility vs. the current cost of electrical energy. In addition, due to a high level of airborne dusts typically associated with PM10, the effect of the dust deposition on PV panels’ surfaces and the effect on panel performance are examined. Two different scenarios are analyzed: on-grid PV plants and off-grid PV plants. View Full-Text
Keywords: PV solar panels; efficiency; LCOE; dust; PM10; Santiago; Chile PV solar panels; efficiency; LCOE; dust; PM10; Santiago; Chile

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Cáceres, G.; Nasirov, S.; Zhang, H.; Araya-Letelier, G. Residential Solar PV Planning in Santiago, Chile: Incorporating the PM10 Parameter. Sustainability 2015, 7, 422-440.

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