Document Type : Research Paper


Energy is a vital factor for social and economic development of countries, which its demand has increased remarkably today. Using renewable energy sources is one of the best solutions for reducing energy consumption. Wind energy is a renewable energy resource, which has many advantages such as cleanliness, abundance, economic benefits and high efficiency power. The area where a wind power plant should be constructed has a specific importance since its location has a great impact on production rate and efficiency.
The purpose of this study is to select a suitable location for wind power plants among five metropolises: Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz and Isfahan based upon criteria such as: Technical efficiency, investment cost, maintenance cost, Social acceptability, acoustic pollution, impact on ecosystem, with the help of fuzzy analytic hierarchy process methodology. Utilization of the proposed approach will enable the managers and energy policy makers to select the best possible location for wind power plant construction


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