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Lessons Learnt from Large Scale Projects
Edited By Bruno Gaiddon, Henk Kaan and Donna Munro

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.

'In order to meet the challenges the world is facing we need nothing less than a global revolution in ways that energy is supplied and used...This book is the first kind of systematic collation of concrete urban scale PV projects and experience...I trust that [it] will find numerous readers among a broad range of professionals ranging from architects and engineers to urban planners and project developers.'
From the Foreword by Stefan Nowak, Chairman, IEA PVPS




1. Urban Planning with Photovoltaics

2. Case-Studies of Existing Urban Areas with Photovoltaics:
Australia, Sydney Olympics Village
Austria, Gleisdorf
France, Grand-Lyon, La Darnaise
Germany, Freiburg, Schlierberg Solar Estate
Italy, Alessandria
Japan, Jvosai Town
Netherlands, Hal Region, 'City Of The Sun'
Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nieuw Sloten
Netherlands, Nieuwland
Spain, Barcelona
Sweden, Malmö
UK, Kirklees
UK, London, Croydon
US, Rancho Cordova, CA, Premier Gardens New Home Development

3. Case-Studies of Urban Areas with Plans for PV in the Future:
Denmark, Valby, Sol I Valby
France, Saint-Priest, Les Hauts De Feuilly
France, Lyon, Lyon-Confluence
Germany, Solar Urban Planning Berlin
Germany, Solar Housing Estate Cologne-Wahn
Germany, Solar Quarter Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck
Portugal, Lisbon, Bairro Do Padre Cruz
UK, Port of Barrow Redevelopment

4. Regulatory Framework and Financing

5. Design Guidelines

List of Contributors
Source for Further Information
Case-Study Matrix 

Bruno Gaiddon is Photovoltaic Unit Manager at HESPUL, a renewable energy consultancy based in Lyon, France.

Henk Kaan is Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, ECN.

Donna Munro is a renewable energy consultant in the UK.

August 2009 •  208 pages •  246 x 189mm

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