The Use of Photovoltaic Energy for Sustainable Urban Development Emphasizing economic and Environmental Considerations

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Economy, Islamic Azad University, Southern Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran


Solar energy is one of the pure and non-detrimental resources for environment which has long been utilized by humans. Therefore, in order to move toward sustainable development, it is required to pay attention to practical and scientific use of renewable energies such as solar energy even more seriously than before. Hence, one of the main objectives of sustainable architecture is to move toward designing solar buildings and supplying heating and cooling needs of buildings by renewable energies. Among the important characteristics of benefiting from renewable energies such as solar energy, one could refer to their purity and nonpolluting features which lead to removing greenhouse gas emissions, free costs and availability, safety and finally reducing fossil fuel consumption. The present research is a descriptive and analytic study and it should be noted that the advantages of using solar energy in an administrative building is examined. Given the utilization of solar photovoltaic panels in the building of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, the method for selection and the advantages of utilizing the aforementioned technology for sustainable urban development with respect to economics and environment will be investigated.


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