The Solar Settlement
The EXPO 2000 project „Solar Settlement“ in Freiburg consists of 59 residential buildings, including nine exclusive penthouses on the rooftop of the office and commercial “Sun Ship” building. All homes are built in wood construction, using only healthy building materials, and all have a large roof of photovoltaic modules. The site remains car-free – thanks to an underground car park under the “Sun Ship” and a well-organized car-sharing system.
With a total photovoltaic power of approx. 445 kWp, the solar estate generates around 420,000 kWh of clean solar electricity per year. For the first time, a complete housing estate of Plusenergy Houses has been constructed – with great worldwide resonance and a large number of awards.
The realization, financing and marketing was carried out by a property development company (Solar Settlement Ltd.) specially founded by Rolf Disch specially for this purpose. One third of the homes were financed via four "Freiburg Solar Funds", closed real estate funds which were among the first ever ethical-ecological green real estate investment schemes.