Exploring rooftop PV panels potential

One of the applications provided by the PICO model developed by Geodan, is to gain insight in the potential for rooftop PV panels. Based on internal calculations the model can be queried for the potential on roofs of 5 different orientations:

  • Roofs facing north

  • Roofs facing east

  • Roofs facing Ssouth

  • Roofs facing west

  • Flat roofs

There are two possible ways to use this service:

  • Via the ‘External services’ menu

  • Via the context menu of an area on the map

External services menu

This workflow can be divided in the following steps:

  1. Go to ‘Services’ menu and select ‘External ESDL Services’. Select ‘Get PICO rooftop solar potential’ from the list

Select 'external ESDL services', and 'get PICO rooftop solar potential'
  1. The service can be queried for 3 different geographical scopes:

3 different geographical scopes
  1. As an example, select ‘Municipality’ and choose ‘Hengelo’. Press the ‘Run Service’ button. The following result will load.

Results for the municipality of Hengelo
  1. Continue here

Via the area context menu

  1. If you have an already loaded energy system (and the area attributes have been formatted in the right way), you can right click on an area and select ‘Query Rooftop PV Potential’.

Context menu for an area
  1. A dialog opens where you can select to only query the potential for the selected area or for all areas in the energy system.

Query rooftop pv potential for area
  1. If you choose to query for all areas, the result looks like

Rooftop PV potential for all areas
  1. Continue here

Exploring potential values

  1. When you right click on a building on the map, a context menu appears

Building context menu
  1. Click ‘Building ESDL contents’ to open the building editor

building editor with 5 different types of rooftop PV potential
  1. Right click on one of the icons for the solar potential (SP)

  1. Click on ‘Edit’ to open the ESDL browser and inspect the information.

Inspect values of solar potential

Converting potential to actual installations

The last functionality is to convert (part of) the potential to installed capacity of PV installations.

  1. Right click on an area, and select ‘Use Rooftop PV Potential’

Context menu are use potential
  1. At the moment you can fill in one percentage for all orientations and apply this to this area or all areas

Use Rooftop PV Potential
  1. If you open the building editor again, the result looks like this. By right clicking on an icon for a PV installation and selecting ‘Edit’ from the menu, values can be inspected.

Installed PV installations


ESDL: The produced energy in kWh is connected as a SingleValue profile to the OutPort of the PVInstallation asset. Other models, like for example the Energy Transition Model, know how to handle this information and are able to take these values into account.