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Solar Roof Initiative


Detailed description of the Good Practice

Berlin’s Government Coalition made an agreement in 2002 to offer roofs of public buildings to install solar power plants. To fulfill the agreement, the Solar Roof Initiative was created. The goal of this initiative is to decrease carbon dioxide emitted by the city of Berlin and establish a solar power friendly community.

In the initiative roof space is made available to private investors. All buildings are published on a web site, with photos and data providing potential investors with an outlook for the energy-generating potential of each site.

By early 2005, 25 private investors had shown interest in the Solar Roof Initiative and negotiations are still in progress. The first plants were installed in the summer. There continues to be a steady traffic to the website, with a noticeable increase in visitors following the launch of roof details in new districts.

In addition to directly leading to new solar installations, the publicity and promotion surrounding the scheme has significantly increased awareness of solar energy among municipal employees and across the city as a whole.

Renewable energies, sustainable management

Objectives of the Good Practice

  • to promote the use of solar energy
  • to show a good example

Participants of the Good Practice

  • Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung
  • Building managers
  • Other municipal employees
  • Private investors

Target group of the Good Practice

Private investors in Berlin.

Funding of the Good Practice

The Solar Roof Initiative is financed by the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, Berlin.

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

http://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/umwelt/klimaschutz/solardachboerse/ (in German)

Available files

Contact details

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung Berlin/ Referat Klimaschutz
Tel. +49 30 9025 2145
Fax: +49 30 9025 2509

Data sources and references


(Visited on the 10th of November 2008)