DATASET

Modelled rooftop area & Rooftop Solar Photovolataic technical and economic potential

Collection: GIS-RE : Geo-Information System for Renewables 

Description

Two dateset are presented. The first dataset is in raster format and shows the EU-building density map in 100  m ×100 m resolution raster, (building area in m2 per 10 000 m2 or hectare) for all Europe . The second datasets is a vector format and provides the modelled rooftop area and the technical and economic solar PV potential for Europe at NUTS2 level.

Contact

Email
jrc-renewables (at) ec.europa.eu

Contributors

How to cite

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2019): Modelled rooftop area & Rooftop Solar Photovolataic technical and economic potential . European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID: http://data.europa.eu/89h/f3580077-15cc-49d6-8305-c869382bae70

Keywords

Building stock, Rooftop photovoltaic, Solar energy, Levelised cost of electricity

Data access

Building density and Rooftop PV potential
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Publications

Publication
A high-resolution geospatial assessment of the rooftop solar photovoltaic potential in the European Union
Bodis, K., Kougias, I., Jaeger-Waldau, A., Taylor, N. and Szabo, S., A high-resolution geospatial assessment of the rooftop solar photovoltaic potential in the European Union, RENEWABLE and SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS, ISSN 1364-0321 (online), 114, 2019, p. 109309, JRC113070.
  • PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, USA
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  • Abstract

    Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can make a significant contribution to Europe’s energy transition. Realising this potential raises challenges at policy and electricity system planning level. To address this, the authors have developed a geospatially explicit methodology using up-to-date spatial information of the EU building stock to quantify the available rooftop area for PV systems. To do this, it combines satellite-based and statistical data sources with machine learning to provide a reliable assessment of the technical potential for rooftop PV electricity production with a spatial resolution of 100 m across the European Union (EU). It estimates the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) using country-specific parameters and compares it to the latest household electricity prices. The results show that the EU rooftops could potentially produce 680 TWh of solar electricity annually (representing 24.4% of current electricity consumption), two thirds of which at a cost lower than the current residential tariffs. Country aggregated results illustrate existing barriers for cost-effective rooftop systems in countries with low electricity prices and high investment interest rates, as well as provide indications on how to address these.

Geographic areas

European Union

Additional information

Published by
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Created date
2020-11-20
Modified date
2020-11-20
Issued date
2019-08-19
Language(s)
English
Data theme(s)
Environment
Update frequency
unknown
Identifier
http://data.europa.eu/89h/f3580077-15cc-49d6-8305-c869382bae70
Popularity
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