Solar Urban Planning in African Cities: Challenges and Prospects

Akrofi, Mark M., Okitasari, Mahesti, Ohunakin, Olayinka S. and Azubuike, Smith I., "Solar Urban Planning in African Cities: Challenges and Prospects" in Decarbonisation Pathways for African Cities (London: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2022), 15-36.

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  • Author Akrofi, Mark M.
    Okitasari, Mahesti
    Ohunakin, Olayinka S.
    Azubuike, Smith I.
    Chapter Title Solar Urban Planning in African Cities: Challenges and Prospects
    Book Title Decarbonisation Pathways for African Cities
    Publication Date 2022-12-17
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
    Start page 15
    End page 36
    Language eng
    Abstract This chapter aims to identify and evaluate the opportunities and challenges of solar urban planning in Africa’s cities. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines, 37 publications were selected and thematically analysed. It emerged that the vast solar energy potentials, formalised urban planning systems, declining costs, and rising acceptance of solar PVs are key opportunities for solar urban planning. Urban informality, inadequate technical expertise, regulatory bottlenecks, and non-compliance with building regulations are critical barriers to Africa’s solar urban planning. Research on the subject was found to be limited. Studies that explore decision support systems and strategies for integrating solar concerns into urban planning using multi-criteria assessments will be instrumental in realising this concept in Africa.
    UNBIS Thesaurus AFRICA
    Keyword Energy transition
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783031140051
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