Province of Burdur suitability map for PV plants

Determination of solar power plant installation areas by AHP and FAHP methods (Burdur case)

Mustafa Yüce, Ali Hakan Işık, Cihan Yalçın


In today's world, producing environmental friendly energy from solar power plants has gained great importance. In this study, criteria slope, aspect, proximity to road, proximity to energy transmission line, proximity to fault line for determining the optimal site for a photovoltaic solar power plant are chosen and the weights of these criteria are calculated by Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process methods which are two methods among Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods. The outcome of the AHP and FAHP methods are also compared in the study. The comparison results indicate that there is a neglectable difference (±%1 <) between the criteria weights of the AHP and FAHP methods. According to criteria weights, an availability map for the province of Burdur has been created using QGIS software which is an open-source geographic information system (GIS) software. According to the suitability map is created, 17.37% of the land area of the province of Burdur is suitable for solar power plant (SPP) investments. This study is expected to facilitate and accelerate the decision-making process for SPP investments.

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