A renovation and redevelopment of a former school into 115 apartments, located in Veghel (NL). A private grid is explored enabling smart supply of central solar PV and solar thermal production for apartment heating and warm water supply.
All apartments of the Collegepark Zwijsen Grid Connected PV E.CO have balanced ventilation with energy recovery and an air-to-air heat pump and hot fill facilities for dish washer and washing machine. Owners were guaranteed a zero-energy bill for the first three years.
Project has given experimental exemption of the Electricity Law. Because the project is realized under local architectural rules, the project has to take care of visual and architectural limitations regarding the application of solar panels and collectors.
Because of architectural preferences the project has chosen to apply thin film panels. These panels are made of glass and can be place on the walls above the windows as solar screen. In the summer period the solar panels will keep the sun out of the apartment and in the winter period the sun enters the apartment freely for warming.
All solar-PV installations are connected to the private grid, as are all the apartments. Due to a specific legal construction (mandeligheid) net metering is claimed for each apartment with its share of the central produced electricity. A demand side management system controls the main appliances in each apartment.