Integrating solar energy considerations into urban planning for low carbon cities: A systematic review of the state-of-the-art

Akrofi, Mark McCarthy and Okitasari, Mahesti, (2022). Integrating solar energy considerations into urban planning for low carbon cities: A systematic review of the state-of-the-art. Urban Governance, 1-16

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    Author Akrofi, Mark McCarthy
    Okitasari, Mahesti
    Title Integrating solar energy considerations into urban planning for low carbon cities: A systematic review of the state-of-the-art
    Appearing in Urban Governance
    Publication Date 2022-04-15
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 1
    End page 16
    Language eng
    Abstract Early integration of solar energy considerations into urban planning/design is necessary to ensure that future cities do not only consume but also produce energy locally through solar. Yet, strategies for this integration remain a key challenge for urban planners and city administrators. Using a scientometric and systematic literature review approach, the objective of this review is to examine the state-of-the-art and current research gaps that constrain such integration. We find that while interests in the interrelationships between solar energy and urban planning have spanned several decades, the two remain largely unintegrated. Though a socio-technical process, the socio-political and socio-demographic aspects of solar urban planning have not received much scholarly attention. Consequently, whereas many software tools for analyzing solar insolation on existing surfaces have been developed, there is a lack of methods and decision support systems to integrate the results into urban planning practice. There is limited research on the subject in the global South despite significant opportunities for solar urban planning in this region. Also, a limited application of theoretical frameworks was found in existing studies. Future research exploring solar urban planning from the socio-technical transition theoretical perspective will significantly enhance the realization of this concept.
    UNBIS Thesaurus SOLAR ENERGY
    URBAN PLANNING
    CITIES
    Keyword Sustainability
    Energy transition
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ugj.2022.04.002
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