- Sep 3, 2019 12:19 pm GMT
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Rooftop area three times the size Luxembourg is available and could economically supply almost a quarter of the bloc’s power, according to a research paper published in the October edition of Elsevier's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.
Researchers used satellite imagery, electricity prices and lending data to assess the untapped energy potential of Europe’s buildings.
“Policies at country and regional level to exploit this potential can bring benefits for employment in the manufacturing, installation and operational sectors” while mobilizing people toward “achieving the EU’s transition to a low-carbon energy system,” wrote researchers led by Katalin Bodis of the European Commission's Joint Research Center.
“Rooftop systems can cover such an increased demand and if designed to produce electricity mainly for local consumption, side-effects such as grid congestion and dispatch cost will be avoided,” the researchers wrote.