Renewable Energy on Neighbourhood Level

Renewable Energy on Neighbourhood Level

Integration of renewable energy on neighbourhood level is a key point in reaching the goals of the Swiss energy strategy 2050.​

If the commitment of the goals of ES 2050 shall be fulfilled, the integration of renewable energy—especially for space heating and domestic hot water production—comprise one central key point. SFOE has lately started its own initiative on the topic. An interdisciplinary approach of social, financial and technical researchers will provide insights into the processes required to achieve this goal.


The following points are addressed within the project:

  • Bottom-up initiative concerning substitution of fossil driven heat converters on building/district level and best use of thermal energy storages.
  • Integration of new renewables such as PV and utilisation of economy of scale—providing best ROI of capital invested
  • Build a demonstration case to exemplify the possible decarbonisation of buildings/neighbourhoods.

Initial situation.

The neighbourhood “Wesemlinquartier” in Lucerne serves as test case to roll out different approaches on electricity self-production, thermal conversion emitting CO2 and most fitting integration of thermal storages taking into account best revenues of capital. The public will be closely accompanied on a social research level to build a bottom-up initiative within the neighbourhood to strengthen the case.

Outlook and next steps.

Already, eight industry partners could be bound and the social impact will be a key success criteria. Are you interested in contributing your expertise? Then let us know.


Prof. Alex Willlener
Lucerne School of Social Work, Institute of Sociocultural Development