Solara is a new residential community planned in Chilliwack, British Columbia,and made up of homes designed to be powered solely by solar, wind and geothermal energy. The Oasis Eco Group is developing the neighborhood, which will include 107 single-family homes and 18 town homes.
The company is building the homes with what it calls the “Oasis Powerhouse System.” The system uses solar panels, a wind turbine and geothermal heating systems together on each home. The energy flows through an inverter and can be either on or off an electricity grid. According to company officials, the goal is for the homes to be net-zero, which means their energy consumption and carbon emissions are zero.
Each of the homes in the neighborhood comes equipped with a wind turbine mounted on the roof. According to the company, when mounted on a rooftop, wind is redirected over the roof and can double in speed at the turbine. Energy produced from the turbine works in conjunction with photovaltaic systems also installed on the home. The third element, geothermal power, is drawn from the earth as a heat source or cooling source depending on the time of year.
Lots in Canada’s first renewable energy planned community range in price from $159,000 to nearly $200,000, depending on location. Residents are able to choose from four different 3-bedroom floor plans for their net-zero home.