An Analysis of the Suitability of a Solar Energy Plant

Suitability analysis

In the context of project proposal site suitability analysis of a Solar Energy Plant it can be stated that the best possible site selection would be around Wilmington, Delaware. The state of Delaware is located in the Mid-Atlantic region and has several beaches along the Atlantic coast. The state of Maryland borders its west and south and Pennsylvania is north of the state. The state of New Jersey has its border on the northeast (Schenck, 2011).

Objectives

The fundamental objectives in context are the availability of land, the availability of market and the availability of infrastructure that would suit the budget of the project.

Decision goal

In order to select a site for solar power plant it is necessary to formulate a structure that would determine the basic problems of such venture. Here market is of chief concern. The affordability of the target population needs to be analyzed. Then there is the problem of transportation network. The issue of subsidiary market components is another chief issue. Alongside, the plant needs to be elected in the vicinity of a substantial market. Furthermore, the issue of land price is of major concern while selecting a site. Thus, the goals are:

  • The land has to be big enough (4 or more acres) to cover a facility, parking lot, etc
  • The demographics around the location needs to maintain an annual average income of 25K
  • Needs to be in a central point between four different neighborhoods
  • Distance from nearest highway should not exceed 5 miles
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The land has to be big enough (4 or more acres) to cover a facility, parking lot, etc.

Enough Land, more than 4 acres, is available near Wilmington.

  • Should not be close to schools
  • It is 2 km away from the nearest school

The demographics around the location needs to maintain an annual average income of 25K US $34,199 The per capita income of the state is very high at (Tadesse, 2006). state its GDP is also very high (Greyhill, 2011) Should not be within the vicinity of night clubs It is 2 km away from the nearest Night Club.

  • Needs to be in a central point between four different neighborhoods Wilmington is a central point between four different neighborhoods
  • Travel time from nearest distribution center should 3 hours or less
  • It will never exceed 3 hours as it is near to a city.
  • Distance from nearest highway should not exceed 5 miles

There are several cities, towns and villages within a short radius of Wilmington as the width of the state is 48 km. The transportation system is excellent so nearest highway would not exceed 5 miles.