TITLE

Residential photovoltaic systems in Greece and in other European countries: a comparison and an overview

AUTHOR(S)
Karteris, M.; Papadopoulos, A. M.
PUB. DATE
May 2012
SOURCE
Advances in Building Energy Research;2012, Vol. 6, p141
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
One of the most promising renewable energy technologies (renewable energy sources, RESs) is photovoltaics (PVs). PVs are a truly elegant means of producing electricity on site, directly from the sun, without concern for energy supply or environmental harm. They represent a favorable case: easy and fast installation, low maintenance requirements and the ability to produce electricity on site within the urban built environment. In that sense, there is a growing consensus that PVs for individual buildings, known as building integrated or applied PVs (BIPVs or BAPVs, respectively), will be chief among the continuously widespread distributed PV applications. Still, they suffer from the disadvantage of their very high initial cost compared to other renewable and conventional energy technologies, although this has been steadily reduced during the last 5 years. It is therefore evident that without the support of suitable instruments, the expansion of solar electricity worldwide would not take place at a satisfactory pace. Various effective support mechanisms have been adopted, within which feed-in tariff (FiT) proved to be the most successful for PVs. That is the case also in Greece, where the PV market in the building sector grew rapidly after 2009, due to the great FiT incentives granted particularly for residential applications. In this �paper an overview is provided, accompanied by a comparative feasibility study regarding residential PV systems� prospects, based on the review of all kinds of incentive schemes in EU for small-scale BAPVs.
ACCESSION #
75370376

 

Related Articles

  • Blue sky thinking when it comes to solar. McGeehan, Tara // Utility Week;11/25/2011, p11 

    The article looks at challenges with using mass exportation of solar power to help Greece repay some of its debt to European Union (EU) member states. According to the author, the challenges include the geography of Greece and the expense of the solar panels. The country also needs to consider...

  • Government Subsidies Vital in Making Solar Power Competitive.  // Energy User News;Mar2004, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p5 

    Reports on the importance of government subsidies in the commercialization of solar power in the U.S. Factors influencing the interest of the government in the renewable energy sources market; Information on the photovoltaic energy business; Amount of revenue generated by the solar market...

  • S.D. Is California's Top Market for Solar Energy. Kovach, Lisa // San Diego Business Journal;3/21/2005, Vol. 26 Issue 12, p14 

    The article informs that one of the sunniest regions in the United States--San Diego, California--has become a boomtown for solar energy systems. According to the California Energy Commission, San Diego is the number one market in the state for solar energy systems. Countywide there are more...

  • CASE STUDY: JASPER GAINS INNOVATIVE SOLAR SYSTEM.  // C3 Views;Mar2007, Issue 19, p8 

    The article focuses on the installation project of innovative solar system in the town of Jasper, Alberta. The project includes the installation of one-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its activity center. Further, the said project is part of the Alberta Solar Municipal...

  • All light and no heat. Brooks, Michael // New Statesman;11/21/2011, Vol. 140 Issue 5080, p13 

    The author looks skeptically upon the current state of solar-energy technology. He observes that solar panels are only 18% efficient, and do little to diminish the output of carbon emissions. Subsidies for solar energy in Great Britain, he notes, benefit mostly wealthier households and those who...

  • Frequently Asked Questions.  // Solar Today;Sep/Oct2003, Vol. 17 Issue 5, p13A 

    Answers various questions on renewable energy. Different types of renewable energy systems; Benefits of renewable energy systems; Use of solar electricity to heat water; Cost of renewable energy systems; Payback time for photovoltaics.

  • Global 2013 solar installs hit 37GW: EPIA.  // Chemical Business;Mar2014, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p25 

    The article reveals the total volume of global solar installations in 2013, according to the data released by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in March 2014.

  • One Roof at a Time. McKibben, Bill // Mother Jones;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p70 

    Focuses on the emergence of the use of solar power due to assistance from Europe, Japan, New York, and California, as of November 2004. Role played by solar technology in fending off global warming; Estimation of the growth of the domestic photovoltaic market.

  • Putting solar development in park. KALTWASSER, JARED // njbiz;11/7/2011, Vol. 24 Issue 45, p5 

    The article explores the conversion of parking lots into a solar power system in New Jersey. As of November 2011, just a small fraction of the state's 11,000 megawatts of solar projects are on parking lots, since parking-lot systems demand costly steel racking structures. The prices of solar...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics