Zon in de Stad - Sun in the city

Zon in de Stad - Sun in the city

Photo by Frank Hanswijk

Seeing is believing: that’s the idea behind the Sun in the City (Zon in de Stad in Dutch) initiative that encourages city dwellers to power their houses and apartments by solar panels. In small towns across Europe, rooftop solar panels spread quickly when people get inspired by the panels on their neighbour’s roof. That’s however not the case in many cities, where solar panels on rooftops often cannot be seen from the street. Sun in the City is bringing the “neighbour mechanism” from the countryside to the city. 

Solar shields help locals connect and share their knowledge

Photo by Frank Hanswijk

The Rotterdam alderman for energy transition launched the campaign for more solar roofs in the city in July 2018 by installing the first solar shield in Rotterdam. Sun in the City is distributing little shields that owners and users of solar panels can attach to their door posts to show neighbours and passers-by that there are solar panels on the roof. People interested in solar panels will find it easier to connect with neighbours and get first-hand information and learn about their experiences. Solar roof owners can add a sticker adding: ‘for more information: ring the door’ if they like. The solar shields enable local residents interested in solar energy to connect with their neighbours and to get first-hand information on getting their own solar roof easily. 

Solar hubs to installed in streets and parks

Secondly, a number of solar hubs installed in streets, parks and squares offers the benefits of solar power directly to everyone passing by. The solar hubs provide charging facilities for phones and electric bikes, internet hotspots or light art at night. A solar hub invites people to make use of the public space, connects neighbours and makes them experience the positive impact of solar power together. Finally, technical and practical information made available in the neighbourhoods will further support local resident’s enhanced enthusiasm for solar energy.

Zon in de Stad is piloted and launched in Rotterdam. It is an initiative of Climate Focus and Personal Architecture, supported by the City of Rotterdam and the Province of South Holland.

 

Find out more (in Dutch): zonindestad.nl 

Release Date

October 2018

Team Members

Adriaan Korthuis
Co-founder and Director
Leo Mongendre
Climate Finance Consultant
Lieke 't Gilde
Consultant