The growing concern in the negative effects of fossil fuels on the environment and the heavy dependency on fossil fuels imports has forced many countries to use renewable energy sources. The Kyoto Protocol and the EU policies are examples of political goals fostering the use of these green sources. In this paper the efficiency of photovoltaic technology is evaluated with Data Envelopment Analysis in Italy considering installed power capacity, solar irradiation, investment and operating costs as inputs and energy intensity and the CO2 avoided as outputs; the more and the less efficient region is selected and an accurate analysis of the obtained results is outlined. The policy implications of the obtained results conclude the paper.

Data Envelopment Analysis to Evaluate Photovoltaic Plants in Italy

Cucchiella, Federica;Gastaldi, Massimo
2014

Abstract

The growing concern in the negative effects of fossil fuels on the environment and the heavy dependency on fossil fuels imports has forced many countries to use renewable energy sources. The Kyoto Protocol and the EU policies are examples of political goals fostering the use of these green sources. In this paper the efficiency of photovoltaic technology is evaluated with Data Envelopment Analysis in Italy considering installed power capacity, solar irradiation, investment and operating costs as inputs and energy intensity and the CO2 avoided as outputs; the more and the less efficient region is selected and an accurate analysis of the obtained results is outlined. The policy implications of the obtained results conclude the paper.
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