Solar Suburbs and Electric Cars Could Power Cities of the Future

September 7th, 2013

According to a new study in Auckland, New Zealand, fitting solar panels to suburban homes and travelling by electric car could help power the cities of the future. This makes suburban sprawl, or a dispersed city, more energy-efficient than a compact city.

Solar panels can produce sufficient power for households, for charging electric cars, and for exporting to the grid. It has also been found that suburban homes in Auckland could produce solar power by tenfold compared to skyscrapers and commercial properties in the city. Therefore, solar suburbs could become the main energy source for fuelling cities and transportation.

Hugh Byrd, a professor at the University of Lincoln, England, says that installing photovoltaic roofing also offers households the benefits of renewable energy systems. People can also gauge their electricity consumption through the use of smart meters.

Finally, distributed electricity generation through the use of solar panels in the suburbs and providing electric vehicle charging points are cost-effective ways to power cities. This will also reduce environmental damage caused by some cities.

Source: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/53274/