October 11 - October 15, 2021

Tesla Energy, along with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Dacra, announced a new initiative for the first Tesla Solar neighborhood, a sustainable residential community. The project’s goal is to create an energy-neutral, solar-based community that can be a blueprint for large-scale housing projects internationally. Do you believe this initiative will be successful?

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Yes 55%
No 38%
Other (please respond in comments) 7%

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Comment from Michael Halliwell, (10/12/2021, 11:00 AM)

Although a laudable goal, most such communities will only be successful in their given set of conditions and cannot be simply replicated elsewhere. A solar, energy-neutral community design from Austin, Texas will not work in most of Canada (or other northern areas) due to the difference in available daylight hours. Even a project from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada's most northern major city) likely won't work in Prince Rupert, BC (almost the same latitude) due to the differences in available sunlight.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/13/2021, 9:00 AM)

Sure, every such community will need to adapt to local conditions. For example, Alberta and BC have great nearby wind resources. With the prices of solar dropping so rapidly, it shouldn't be long before using solar 6 months out of the year is viable as a cost-savings measure. I mostly see this is as a start of building grid-connected microgrids capable of "islanding" or operating independently. Microgrids (where applicable) are generally considered to be a good way forward for improving the resilience of the grid.

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (10/14/2021, 11:03 AM)

Not all areas of Alberta and BC have good wind resources (southern Alberta certainly and there are some good sized wind farms there...but not so much in central or northern Alberta). We have a community being developed from an old airport site that is using geothermal for the heating needs, has some on-site solar (not bad in the summer, poor in the winter) and makes up the rest of its power needs from "off site renewables." It works here, the Tesla / Brookfield / Dacra community works for Austin...but other than the use of common "green" technologies, the fundamental designs are not similar due to the environments they are designed to operate in. I applaud the thinking, but fully recognize that "one size fits all" simply doesn't.

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