Syria is one of the developing countries in which photovoltaic systems were first installed as navigation aids along the Syrian coast. Since then the use of photovoltaic systems is being widely spread in size and type such as stand-alone systems in remote areas and grid-connected systems. This paper presents a survey on photovoltaic systems, their applications in Syria by the end of 2013, and it illustrates that reduction in carbon dioxide emissions can be accomplished by using photovoltaic systems. It shows how many tons of CO2 emissions could be avoided by using photovoltaic systems (stand-alone, gird connected) instead of fossil fuels for either generating electricity or replacing kerosene lamps.
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