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Solar Houses - Houses made for slum communities with solar roofs which can also serve as a source of electricity.

I have thought of this idea and would love to test its feasibility and contribute in any possible way.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

If you look at any slums, houses there are made with makeshift material. Those houses are weak and can’t sustain even a heavy rain forget a calamity. People live in those houses with great inconvenience. Also in developing countries, there is a perpetual shortage of electricity due to stress on infrastructure, reduction in natural resources to create energy. The idea is to combine these two factors of better housing and demand for energy to create a sustainable houses in slums for communities. The houses can be built with concrete or wood with solar panels as a roof. This will not only create a good housing for the slum community but also will create enough electricity to let the home owner use some and send a lot back to the energy grid of the utility company. This will make life of people in slum better and will give them resources to be resilient to climate change. For example, they can use fans and get hot water. Utilities companies and the government along with the non-profit organizations can build these houses. They can allocate fixed units of electricity to that house and push the remaining energy back to the grid. Knowing some of the large slums in India, utility company and government can get enough energy to give it to slum and also sell it to industry and consumers.

WHO BENEFITS?

First and foremost, people in the slums benefits. They get good houses which can withstand climate changes, their kids get good life. Secondly utilities companies benefit because they now get an additional source of sustainable energy. Governments also benefit because they have much better managed slums which they can have track of. Once the houses are built in a structured manner then then they can also make roads and get rid of water gutters.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Climate change is a challenge no doubt, but I don’t think people in slum care more about it than their daily survival issues. By implementing solar roof houses, you are making sure that they have a decent housing and hence happier life. The electricity generated through the solar energy is a renewable energy which can help in reducing carbon emissions and in turn the climate change. So it’s a win-win for both slums and environment.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am an idea enthusiast with experience in business management and product management. Currently I am focusing on internet of things to work on connected products. I am not associated with any social org but I would love to for this purpose.

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Roofs are one option, roads are another. I came across this project in the USA which received over 2 million in crowd sourced funding to try and get it off the ground... or in fact ON the ground - its a project for solar power generating ROADWAYS

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#/

http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml

the technology is out there but I wonder if this can be adapted to provide energy to emergent spaces in slums?

There is also another project proposed in this thread which should join up with your idea https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/sustainable-affordable-solar-energy-in-slums-to-avoid-slums-fire-through-the-uses-of-kennels-matches-and-kerosine-lambs

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hi Peter, thanks for your feedback and sharing the useful links. Like you said technology is absolutely there. Even if this can be implemented on 50% roofs in slums, that should be enough to give them the energy and increase the grid supply. here is some information on net metering http://www.seia.org/policy/distributed-solar/net-metering

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