Introduction to Solar Neighborhoods

  • Caroline Hachem-VermetteEmail author
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


This chapter introduces the general concept of solar neighborhoods. The characteristics of a neighborhood are presented, followed by an overview of energy performance on an urban scale, including energy consumption and potential of renewable energy generation. Impact of neighborhood design on solar energy potential is briefly discussed in this chapter. Specific parameters that influence solar energy access and utilization, such as building design, density and community layout, are briefly introduced. These factors are presented in more detail in Chaps.  7 and  8, with relation to two types of neighborhoods: small-scale residential neighborhood, and mixed-use larger scale neighborhood.

Advanced neighborhood design trends which pose challenges both for research and application are presented. These include Net-zero Energy Neighborhoods and Zero Carbon Emissions Neighborhoods. These are neighborhoods that are closely affected by the potential of their buildings and urban surfaces, to capture and utilize solar energy, while reducing the dependence on fossil-based fuel.

The chapter discusses modeling and simulation methods, as means to study various energy efficiency and solar potential strategies, applied on neighborhood scale.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture, Planning and LandscapeUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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