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Cities as net renewable energy generators

Posted by Keith Pezzoli on November 07, 2010 at 03:20 AM

Germany creating a “Solar City” that produces four times the energy it needs

Although net-zero projects have been creating a lot of buzz lately in the field of green building, the Sonnenschiff solar city in Freiburg, Germany is very much net positive. The self-sustaining city accomplishes this feat through smart solar design and lots and lots of photovoltaic panels pointed in the right direction. It seems like a simple strategy—but designers often incorporate solar installations as an afterthought, or worse, as a label. Designed by Rolf Disch, the Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) and Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) emphasize power production from the start by smartly incorporating a series of large rooftop solar arrays that double as sun shades. The buildings are also built to Passivhaus standards, which allows the project to produce four times the amount of energy it consumes!  Read moreimage

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#1. Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 14, 2010

The San Diego region has some great cases of solar development too.
See the Los Vecinos project in Chula Vista,
Built by Wakeland Housing and Development Corp.