Photovoltaics in the Urban Environment: Lessons Learnt from Large Scale Projects

Photovoltaics in the Urban Environment: Lessons Learnt from Large Scale Projects

by Bruno Gaiddon
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844077713

ISBN-13: 9781844077717

Pub. Date: 10/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The concept of cities as potential photovoltaic power plants is rapidly gaining prominence, but until now there has been no large scale study of the impacts of such development on urban fabric and infrastructure, or on inhabitants. This book, based on wide-ranging studies supported by the European Commission and International Energy Agency, is the first to properly

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Overview

The concept of cities as potential photovoltaic power plants is rapidly gaining prominence, but until now there has been no large scale study of the impacts of such development on urban fabric and infrastructure, or on inhabitants. This book, based on wide-ranging studies supported by the European Commission and International Energy Agency, is the first to properly address these issues.

It sets out by looking at the implications on planning policy of PV in the urban environment, and giving an overview of the implementation and occupation processes. It then moves on to present detailed case studies from a range of European cites, examining the role of large scale PV installations in urban renewal and new urban area development stretching back over 15 years. It ends with a review of technical guidelines for PV, and regulation/legalities surrounding planning, building and grid connection. The book will form an essential resource for planners and developers who are considering including large scale PV in their plans and who want to understand what has (or hasn't) worked, and why. Published with Intelligent Energy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844077717
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xvii

Introduction 1

1 Planning for Urban-scale Photovoltaic Systems 5

Planning for renewables 5

Site layout and solar access 7

Successful implementation 9

Long-term operation 14

2 Case Studies of Existing Urban Areas with Photovoltaics 21

Australia, Newington, Sydney Olympic Village 21

Austria, Styria, the solar city of Gleisdorf 28

France, Grand-Lyon, La Darnaise 32

France, Saint-Priest, Les Hauts de Feuilly 36

Germany, Freiburg, 'Solarsiedlung am Schlierberg' 40

Italy, Alessandria Photovoltaic Village 46

Japan, Ota-city, Jyosai Town PV Demonstration Area 50

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nieuw Sloten PV houses 53

The Netherlands, Amersfoort, Nieuwland 1MW PV project 59

The Netherlands, HAL location, 'City of the Sun' 66

Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona 71

Sweden, Malmö 78

UK, London, Croydon 81

UK, Kirklees Council solar PV projects 87

US, Rancho Cordova, CA, Premier Gardens New Home Development 94

3 Case Studies of Urban Areas with Plans for PV in the Future 101

Denmark, Valby, Sol i Valby 101

France, Lyon, Lyon-Confluence 106

Germany, Berlin, solar urban planning 111

Germany, Cologne-Wahn, solar housing estate 115

Germany, Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck, solar quarter 119

Portugal, Lisbon, Bairro do Padre Cruz 125

UK, Barrow, Port of Barrow redevelopment 130

4 Regulatory Framework and Financing 139

National planning process 139

Options to finance PV projects 141

5 Design Guidelines 145

Basics of photovoltaics 145

Photovoltaics and aesthetics 153

Photovoltaics in public spaces 161

Photovoltaics and electricitydistribution networks 164

Top tips at various project stages 168

Appendices 173

Sources of further information 173

Case study matrix 175

Index 177

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