Sustainability-Oriented Decision-Making on Solar Photovoltaic Location Selection

Shengfang Lu, Ruojue Lin, Jingzheng Ren

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Determining a desirable location for a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant is always an essential issue to be discussed among stakeholders. In this chapter, an integrated method combining the techniques of IF-DEMATEL (intuitionistic fuzzy decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory) and TODIM (an acronym in Portuguese for interactive and multicriteria decision-making) is proposed to analyze whether a site is sustainable for solar PV power plants. First, a generic criteria system based on sustainability in determining the location site of solar PV power plants is presented. The sustainability criteria system consists of four categories: geographical conditions, social factors, economic factors, and environmental factors. Then, the hesitant fuzzy set (HFS) and intuitionistic fuzzy set (IFS) are used to accurately describe the preference of experts. IF-DEMATEL is synergistically applied to calculate the weight of each criterion and TODIM is adopted for ranking the different candidates. Finally, a case study is conducted to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotovoltaic Sustainability and Management
Place of PublicationMelville, New York
PublisherAIP Publishing
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7354-2315-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-7354-2312-1
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


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