Solar city planning: Engine for progress for Gelsenkirchen

Projects with positive effects on the environment, the economy and society: Under the motto of climate protection as an engine for progress, KlimaExpo.NRW is searching for showcase projects throughout the entire state. The city of Gelsenkirchen is also taking part – "Solar city planning in Gelsenkirchen" is now an official qualified project for KlimaExpo. NRW. The project comprises six individual measures that have left their mark on the structural transformation of Gelsenkirchen over the last 20 years.

"Climate-friendly city planning is a model of success for Gelsenkirchen. Many stakeholders in the city recognised this at an early stage and implemented it through attractive projects, which are shaping the development of the city in a positive way", says the Mayor of the City of Gelsenkirchen, Frank Baranowski.

Engine for progress:

  • high climate effect
  • continuous commitment
  • far-reaching improvements from the social perspective
  • upgrading living standards and quality of life
  • high transferability
  • join-in effect for other municipalities

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Photo: Stadt Gelsenkirchen

Private participants are also following this model. In 2008, THS Wohnen GmbH realised the largest solar housing development in Germany at Gelsenkirchen Schaffrath. 71 houses with 422 apartments were insulated and equipped with new heating systems and rain water utilisation systems were installed. In the last phase of reconstruction, the roofs were equipped with photovoltaic arrays.

As early as the 1990s, the city of Gelsenkirchen was one of the first cities to commit itself to solar construction. In particular, the "50 Solar Energy Housing Estates in NRW" and "100 Climate Protection Housing Estates in NRW" programmes coordinated by EnergieAgentur.NRW have shaped the development of the city and increased awareness of climate protection and clean energies amongst the population. At the same time, important social problems such as a lack of attractive living spaces for young families and increasing energy costs for low-income households were addressed with the involvement of local residents. In this way, projects such as the shared use of electric vehicles in Gelsenkirchen Schaffrath were established and an association to promote solar energy and quality of life was founded in Gelsenkirchen Bismarck, for example. Renovation projects have improved the quality of life and the environment in which people live, which also effects rentability and the social climate in city districts. So that the housing companies involved could also benefit from this. The city is keeping the energetic quality of construction high for the new projects too: Anyone who would like to build in the new Graf Bismarck district of the city must undercut the statutory limit for the energy requirements of the houses by 30 per cent. This supposed marketing obstacle has now turned out to be an advantage: Private house builders are responding positively to the demanding energy concept and are in part building to even higher energy standards.

Partners and sponsors

  • Stadt Gelsenkirchen
  • Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MKULNV)
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk (MWEIMH)
  • Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF)
Counselling centers:
  • EnergieAgentur.NRW

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