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Zon op de daken, zonnige gezichten? Een onderzoek over de toepassing van PV in de Vroonermeer in Alkmaar en de Stad van de Zon (plandeel1) in Heerhugowaard
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-1-2005
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--05-002 ECN publication
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The underlying report describes an investigation directed toward theopinion of inhabitants of dwellings in the Vroonermeer in Alkmaar and De Stad van de Zon in Heerhugowaard (The Netherlands) about the application of PV-panels in their district.

The research aims to determine

  • The effect of PV on the contentment for dwelling or district.
  • The appreciation for information on PV given and further information needs.
  • Preferences for esthetical embedding of PV on buildings.
  • The role of PV when deciding to buy or to rent a house.
A questionnaire directed to dwellers of the two districts was used to answer the research questions. Another questionnaire, directed to potential buyers, and interviews were used to put the outcomes of the questionnaire into perspective (reference group).

It can be concluded that, while the application of PV is appreciated, dwellers do hardly take PV systems in consideration when buying or renting a house. As a consequence, organizations planning the large-scale use of PV should try to decrease this gap, by further adapting the application of PV to dweller's preferences and, possibly, by promoting the advantages of PV.

Dwellers have to be better informed on the advantages of their PV systems, the PV-panels applied should be the PV-panels most appreciated by potential dwellers and the advantages of PV as e.g. a lower electricity bill, should lie with the dwellers themselves.

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