SIG 100% Renewable Energy powered City, Seujet Hydro Geneva

Since 2014 SIG, the local Swiss utility, offers Vitale Green electricity: 100% green and 100% local renewable energy for Geneva. It is a 100% environmentally friendly composed of solar and hydro power, certified “naturemade” star, the most demanding Swiss label in terms of environmental protection. It is a 100% locally produced  with more than 600 solar installations in the city and the three Hydro dams of Seujet, Vessy, and  now Chancy-Pougny. The latter having obtained the certification “naturemade” star at end of 2014, thanks to major work renovations that meet strict environmental regulations, Geneva’s Vitale Green Electricity became 100% locally produced.

For each kWh purchased, a penny goes to a green electricity fund who finances measures to improve the environment in Geneva and up to 500K CHF is added to the SIG corporate fund to support technology innovation in renewable energy.

Today’s SIG Open Day at Seujet Hydro Dam show-cased a wide range of projects:

  • Guided tour of the Seujet Hyro dam
  • Solar cooking (chocolate fondue) and  tasting of local products
  • Associations and Start-ups in the fields of preservation of the environment and innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Awareness of the fauna and flora in the city and an electrical motor boat demonstration project

Source: SIG Vital Green Day

New Delhi Smart City, India

To make New Delhi a World class Capital, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is going all out to make the area in its jurisdiction a Smart City. While announcing the council’s annual budget, the NDMC chairperson talked about the various initiatives taken to bring Delhi at par with other smart cities across the world.

These are the steps that will be taken by the council:

  • Smart Poles: Using/replacing existing 18,500 Street Light Poles to LED and also mounting CCTV Cameras in addition to enable multiple next generation digital services based on WiFi/2G/3G/4G within the NDMC area, without any extra expenditure on the part of the council, on a revenue-sharing model.
  • Solar City Project: Master plan for generation of initially 4MW of solar power after award of NDMC-owned schools and offices’ roof-tops through open tender.
  • Waste-to-Energy Plants: Establishing a chain of waste to energy plants of small sizes in various localities of the NDMC based on different available technologies resulting in 100 per cent recycling of waste in an eco-friendly manner for maximising power/gas output.

The New Delhi Municipal Council area comprises of the creme de la creme territory of the Capital, which has been described as Lutyen’s Delhi. It comprises of important buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Supreme Court, North and South Blocks and buildings abutting Central Vista and also all the diplomatic missions which function as territorial entities under the sovereign jurisdiction of their Flag States.

In addition three smart cities will come up on the Capital’s outskirts — extension of Dwarka in southwest Delhi, Rohini and Narela in the northwest — these cities will be modeled after the group housing concept, with uninterrupted power, water and wi-fi connectivity. With 20 lakh flats built in an organised urban set-up equipped with all amenities and guided by technology. Hospitals, schools, commercial complexes, green spaces and energy-efficient structures would be the other features.

San Francisco Eco District, USA

The San Francisco Sustainable Development program evolved from creative and collaborative partnerships that generated the recent sustainable design components of signature projects such as the Transit Center, Treasure Island, Candlestick Park/Hunters Point, and the Eco-District framework for a sustainable San Francisco. It is a work in progress of exploration and innovation. It extends emerging trends around systems thinking and ecological planning, design, and development to San Francisco planning opportunities, thereby fostering connection, community, and sustainability in the context of climate change.

Eco-District Initiative

San Francisco joined the 2030 District Initiative, the eighth city to commit to dramatic reductions in energy and water use in commercial buildings – 50% by 2030. San Francisco has been working behind the scenes for 2 years with an industry stakeholder group to put the plan together; it is a real private-public partnership. Thez have 24 committed member buildings located in downtown San Francisco comprising about 9mm square feet, and growing up to 150mm square feet.

Read more: SF Eco-District

Treasure Island Eco-City

Treasure Island lies in the middle of San Francisco Bay, visible to the left of the Bay Bridge as it crosses from San Francisco to Oakland. Abutting hilly Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island is a man-made island and former naval base created in the 1930s from dredged bay mud and sand. In 2000, plans were announced to redevelop Treasure Island from a dumpy former military base with sensational views of San Francisco into a model sustainable residential community only a ferry ride away from downtown. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently unanimously approved a planned $1.5 billion green redevelopment plan for the island, after the San Francisco Planning Commission green-lighted the environmental review earlier this spring. The vote went forward despite blowback from environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, due to concerns over increased vehicular traffic and potential tsunami risks, as well as community concerns over affordable housing.

The plans for Treasure Island entail a massive population shift for the tiny island – from around 2,000 to more than 19,000 residents. The concept for a sustainable urban community includes multiple units of housing, an artificial wetland area integrated with water treatment, wind power, recreation and gardening areas, a marina, and a small shopping district. Skidmore, Owings + Merrill head up the design team along with Perkins + Will and Conger Moss Guillard. Some of the original naval structures will remain intact, notably the Treasure Island Administrative building.

Read more: SF Eco-Island

San Francisco Smart City

San Francisco  has a reputation for being innovative when it comes to technology, and with Silicon Valley nearby and a large number of Internet-based companies making their homes there, it’s not difficult to see why. San Francisco is a global leader in smart-city projects, with one of its claims to fame being that it provides its residents with a large number of free WiFi hotspots. In fact on Market Street, a main road downtown, there’s actually three whole miles of free WiFi. But where the city really excels is in green and sustainability initiatives. It is a leader in recycling, mandating that its residents separate their garbage into three categories: recycling, compost, and landfill waste. They also encourage their citizens to participate in energy conservation by providing them with mobile and web access to precise, near real-time energy use data and advice on how they can save. The city also provides more than 100 charging stations in various locations to promote the use of hybrid and electric cars and reduce automobile-related pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more: SF Smart City