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Title: Effect of Solar Tracking on the Economic Viability of a Large-Scale PV Power Plant
Authors: Agyekum, E. B.
Afornu, B. K.
Ansah, M. N. S.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Sciendo
Citation: Agyekum E. B. Effect of Solar Tracking on the Economic Viability of a Large-Scale PV Power Plant / E. B. Agyekum, B. K. Afornu, M. N. S. Ansah. — DOI 10.2478/rtuect-2020-0085 // Environmental and Climate Technologies. — 2020. — Vol. 24. — Iss. 3. — P. 55-65.
Abstract: This paper evaluated the economic potential of three different photovoltaic energy technologies at a selected site, Wa, in the Upper West region of Ghana. The cost of energy and net present value metrics were used to ascertain the cost-effectiveness of these technologies (fixed, single and double axis tracker systems). From the analysis, all three technologies are economically viable at the selected site, however, a sensitivity analysis shows that the fixed axis tracker is unviable at a discount rate above 2 % whiles that of the single and double axis power plants also become impracticable at a discount rate above 6 % using the financial input parameters adopted for the study. This is an indication that, even though the selected site may have the required solar radiation for the development of large-scale PV power plant, there is the need to create the necessary conducive financial environment to enable such projects to become viable. The double axis tracking system was identified as the optimum system that should be deployed at the selected site to get the best in terms of affordability of electricity to consumers and equity payback. © 2020 Ephraim Bonah Agyekum et al., published by Sciendo 2020.
Keywords: ECONOMIC VIABILITY
GHANA
RENEWABLE ENERGY
SOLAR POWER PLANT
SOLAR TRACKING SYSTEM
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY
PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM
POWER GENERATION
POWER PLANT
SOLAR POWER
SOLAR RADIATION
GHANA
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/103178
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85099094176
PURE ID: 20423546
ISSN: 22558837
DOI: 10.2478/rtuect-2020-0085
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