Curitiba finalised its first set of public housing units with solar power generation on March 27th, 2018. Mayor Rafael Greca delivered in the Santa Cândida neighborhood a social housing solar project, comprising of 26 houses equipped with photovoltaic panels - which transform sunlight into electric energy for domestic use.
"Curitiba reaches 325 years with its eyes on the future. Solar energy is here to stay. These units are the first of thousands that we intend to implement this year" - said Mayor Rafael Greca, "the Cohab Solar project brings advantages to the residents, who will save on the electricity bill and also to the environment, because it uses clean and renewable energy".
The 26 housing units are part of the Faxinal Housing project developed in Santa Cândida, and are intended for low-income households.
Each dwelling has been provided with a panel of 2x1 meters. The composite glass and silicon plates capture the solar radiation and send it to a converter, which then turns sunlight into electrical energy for home use. The production capacity of the system installed in each dwelling is up to 120 kWh per month.
"A cloudy day like today in Curitiba has more sunlight than any sunny day in Germany, which is a reference country in photovoltaic energy. When we use clean energy we are helping not to heat the planet. Every time the world heats up, the volume of rainfall increases. Our Curitiba will do its part for the environment", Greca said.
By combining the promotion of renewable energy with addressing social issues, this project has a large potential for scale-up in the city.