Shizen Condo: 100% Solar and Biodiesel Power

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Wow, impressive. This condominium complex, called Shizen (Japanese for nature) is under construction in Portland. It will make use of solar cells and a biodiesel generator, to provide all the electricity, heat and hot water for the building. sakura_solar_and_biodiesel_microgenerator.jpg

Shizen's solar array will be rated at 23 kilowatts, and will generate one third of the building's annual electricity. A biodiesel-fueled microturbine will generate the other two thirds, and will also provide hot water for the residents as well as space heating. These two renewable sources make Shizen a zero energy project. Water conservation will also in effect — there will be a 25,000 gallon cistern under the parking level, which will provide water for flushing toilets and irrigation.

Via: Jetson Green

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