I investigated the potential of using remote sensing data and GIS tools to identify suitable areas for solar panel placement in a region. To do so, I used ArcGIS software and different datasets, including topographic data, land cover data, and solar irradiation data.
Firstly, I collected and processed the data using GIS tools to create different maps that represent different factors that affect the suitability of a location for solar panel placement. I used the slope and aspect of the terrain to determine areas with the best orientation and tilt for solar panels. I also used land cover data to identify areas with minimal shading and obstruction to sunlight.
Next, I analyzed the different maps to identify areas with the highest potential for solar panel placement. I used a weighted overlay analysis to combine the different maps and create a final suitability map that shows the best areas for solar panel placement.
The results showed that there were several areas in the region that had a high potential for solar panel placement. These areas had a combination of favorable topography and minimal shading, which made them suitable for solar panel installation. The study also showed that the use of GIS tools and remote sensing data can be an effective method for identifying suitable areas for solar panel placement.
Skills: ArcGIS and Excel