Online version here. solar-polis.eu

Action plans adopted
by POLIS Cities

Presentation of the long term solar action plans
By Estefanía Caamaño Martín / UPM

Within the framework of POLIS project, six European Cities have committed on long-term strategies to integrate solar energy at urban level in Action Plans embedded in local planning.
Although the cities are in different situations regarding solar energy a common objective is shared, namely, to steer the future development of solar energy with respect to urban planning by: the assessment of existing climate strategies and targets at city levels, the evaluation of solar potential in city areas, the development of solar targets and the definition of possible measures in diverse planning areas connected to general renewable energy targets.

See an overview of the cities conditions, long-term solar strategies, Action Plans and Pilot Actions in POLIS website

Manual for best practices
in Europe

The document is now online
By Joana Fernandes / Lisboa E-Nova

Through the POLIS project, the consortium of cities and solar technology experts aims to present and evaluate current developments in solar urban planning and bring together key stakeholders in this process in order to improve planning and produce legislation aimed at solar development. The first step to achieve this goal was the compilation of several best practices and success cases of projects and ideas implemented in the participating countries in a Manual of Best Practices on Solar Urban Planning. The cases are presented in the most diverse areas, from targets definition, to legal framework and policies, mobilization of solar potential and active implementation of urban planning measures involving the relevant stakeholders through the all process.

The Manual is currently available at the POLIS website in its English version and will be soon available in the all the consortium languages in order to achieve a wider audience:

For more information and download the manual


Several publications are now online!
The work on the development of solar urban planning in Europe is still undergoing within our European programme. Several publications are now available on POLIS website:
- Manual for solar urban planning in Europe
- Conditions and strategies in POLIS cities
- Long-term Solar Targets of POLIS cities



29-30 September, Kassel, Germany
2nd "100% Renewable Energy Regions" Congress
Implementation Strategies for Local Authorities and Districts.
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4-7 October, Brussels, Belgium and locally in whole Eurole
Open Days 2010
8th European Week of Regions and Cities
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16 October, Paris, France
Third edition of the Parisian days for energy and climate

An annual event in Paris to fight together against climate change
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19-20 October, Stockholm, Sweden
Building Sustainability
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21-22 October, Pamplona, Spain
CIBARQ10, the IV Conference of Architecture, Cities, and Energy
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focus on one city

By Xavier Marrero

Methodology and Assessment of the Detailed Solar Potential of Lakua district in Vitoria-Gasteiz

snabVitoria-Gasteiz, with the technical support of the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and its software tool, has started to develop the first pilot action of a broader action plan included in the POLIS project with the development of a methodology for the identification of the detailed solar potential of the district of Lakua and the Industrial Area of Jundiz and the general solar potential of the city.

The first step was the development of a methodology compatible with local and national requirements (Energy Ordinance draft & Technical Building Code) and the determination of solar passive and active potential in the Lakua District.

Preliminary Results
Passive solar potential
Maximum direct solar irradiation : 204 kWh/m2 (In under-heated period) Best Orientation : 2º to the south
Active solar potential
Maximum direct solar irradiation : 1455,3 kWh/m2
Best Orientation : 1º to the south and a tilt angle of 32º

These results will be incorporated to the Urban Master Plan to improve the energy efficiency of the city buildings.
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