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GIS-based photovoltaic solar farms site selection using ELECTRE-TRI: Evaluating the case for Torre Pacheco, Murcia, Southeast of Spain

Juan M. Sánchez-Lozano, Carlos Henggeler Antunes, M. Socorro García-Cascales and Luis Dias

Renewable Energy, 2014, vol. 66, issue C, 478-494

Abstract: The Region of Murcia has one of the highest percentages of potential solar radiation in Spain, which puts it in an excellent position to host electricity generation plants through photovoltaic solar systems, commonly known as solar farms. This paper proposes the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in order to identify the best plots suitable for installing photovoltaic solar farms in the Municipality of Torre Pacheco, in the southeast of Spain. The plots are classified according to multiple evaluation aspects, by developing a multicriteria model and applying the ELECTRE-TRI method using the Decision Support System IRIS. The combination of GIS and IRIS offers the user the possibility of using the information provided by the GIS mapping leading to an assignment of the feasible courses of action (the plots) to categories of merit according to multiple, conflicting and incommensurate evaluation criteria.

Keywords: Solar farms; Decision support systems (DSS); Geographic information systems (GIS); Multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA); ELECTRE-TRI method; Interactive robustness analysis and parameters' inference for multicriteria sorting problems (IRIS) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.12.038

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