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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2017, Article ID 7452715, 13 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7452715
Research Article

Optimal Site Selection for a Solar Power Plant in the Central Anatolian Region of Turkey

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Kirikkale University, Kirikkale, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Mustafa Yasin Erten; moc.liamg@netreym

Received 17 November 2016; Revised 14 February 2017; Accepted 19 March 2017; Published 7 June 2017

Academic Editor: Md. Rabiul Islam

Copyright © 2017 Ozge Pinar Akkas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Primary energy sources are running out due to the increase in electrical energy consumption. Environmental problems caused by primary energy sources are also increasing. Using more renewable energy resources (RES) can be considered as one of the most powerful solutions to address these problems. Today, required photovoltaic power systems (PVPS) and wind energy systems (WES) are widely used as RES for addressing these problems. Because of their high costs, feasibility studies are required for locating large systems associated with these resources. In this study, various suggestions are determined about location selection, which is an important stage in the PVPS’s establishment. Hence, the criteria for selecting the appropriate location are analyzed by the multicriteria decision making (MCDM) methods and the results are evaluated for 5 cities in the Central Anatolian Region of Turkey. In conclusion, it is determined which city is the most suitable place for installation of solar power plants.