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Impacts generated by a large-scale solar photovoltaic power plant can lead to conflicts between sustainable development goals: A review of key lessons learned in Madagascar

Carole Brunet, Oumarou Savadogo, Pierre Baptiste, Michel A. Bouchard, Jean Chrysostome Rakotoary, Andry Ravoninjatovo, Céline Cholez, Corinne Gendron and Nicolas Merveille

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Cite this document: Brunet, C., Savadogo, O., Baptiste, P., Bouchard, M. A., Rakotoary, J. C., Ravoninjatovo, A., ... Merveille, N. (2020). Impacts generated by a large-scale solar photovoltaic power plant can lead to conflicts between sustainable development goals: A review of key lessons learned in Madagascar. Sustainability, 12(18), p. 7471. doi:10.3390/su12187471
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In a context of energy transition towards renewable energies, this case study situated in Madagascar allows us to verify the extent to which an on-grid photovoltaic solar power plant represents a vector for sustainable development. The article proposes a model for assessing sustainability from a qualitative multi-criteria perspective. This analysis fits into the theoretical question of the science of sustainability by challenging the theory of endogenous development. The innovation of this research is based on the use of a qualitative approach to a technological issue filling a literature gap in the major issue of the effective sustainability of renewable energy (particularly in the context of an island state). The study emphasizes that the plant can only represent a vector for sustainable development with the collaboration of the concerned parties, which implies considering the electrification needs at the local level. The article confirms that the impacts generated by the power plant can lead to conflicts between different sustainable development goals. Theoretically, the study emphasizes that the evaluation of the sustainability of solar power plants should follow a process that: (i) uses a preferably qualitative methodology likely to understand the local conditions of the communities in which they are established; (ii) identifies dissociated indicators while taking into account the context; and (iii) analyzes the possible negative interactions between the impact areas by highlighting the key areas linked to land management and the well-being of women within a poverty reduction approach.

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renewable energy; solar; photovoltaic; sustainability; multi-criteria analysis; sustainable development goals; endogenous development; poverty; developing country

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Subjects: 1500 Génie de l'environnement > 1500 Génie de l'environnement
2300 Combustibles et technologie de l'énergie > 2303 Autres sources d'énergie (combustibles solaire, éolien, etc.)
2500 Génie électrique et électronique > 2516 Conversion et distribution de l'énergie
Department: Département de génie chimique
Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines
Funders: CRDI/IDRC, Polytechnique Montréal, Institut de l'énergie Trottier, CRSH/SSHRC
Grant number: 108838-029, 752 20172020
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2020 15:38
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 01:20
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5419/
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Journal Title: Sustainability (vol. 12, no. 18)
Publisher: MDPI
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187471


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