By Lluís Torrent
Being the southernmost city in the Germanic country, it is one of the sunniest towns in the entire country, with an average of 1,740 hours of sunshine per year, something that has undoubtedly decided to take advantage of one of the most energy-sustainable neighborhoods in the municipality: the neighborhood Schlierberg.
Today, the Schlierberg neighborhood stands out because it generates much more energy (from photovoltaic plates) than it consumes. Through a project designed by the office of the German architect, Rolf Disch, he made it possible for the Schlierberg neighborhood to generate four times more energy than it consumes, all through solar panels.
According to information from the Urban Platform, this project could be developed as part of an urban regeneration plan for the Vauban district, which until the early 90s was used as a military base. There, 60 houses were built and in each one a solar panel was installed that gives it an electricity generation capacity of 445 kWp connected to the grid.
In this way, the annual solar electricity production is 420,000 kWh, that is, four times more than what is consumed annually and that together with the energy efficiency design of the homes it is possible to avoid the consumption of up to 200 thousand liters of oil and to emit up to 500 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere each year.
The population of this neighborhood, in addition to using solar energy, reuses rainwater, uses ecological materials in their buildings, glass solar panels, in addition to moving around the neighborhood only on foot or by bicycle. The neighborhood is one of the most sustainable neighborhoods in Germany.