Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World – StumbleUpon.
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!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Earth Day Solar Trolley Tour around Canton, MI this weekend.
The tour took place between 10 and 2 Saturday the 14th. We hold our earth-day before or after the actual date because there is just too many activities taking place, we don’t know how anyone can choose.
There were a lot of families that took part this year and after a tour of the demonstration center we hopped on the bus around 11am.
Everyone on the bus!
The tour consisted of solar pool heating, solar water heating, solar space heating, solar photovoltaic (electricity) and natural daylighting systems.
Home owner shares his experiences with his 8.28 kW system.
Everyone back on the bus!
It was a fun tour. If enough people are interested we may do this again in October for the National Solar Tour. The weather looked ominous but cleared enough for us to be relaxed and take our time to hear their experiences and ask plenty of questions.