At Sunhive, we define solar homes to be homes designed and built to take advantage (both actively and passively) of solar energy.
Solar energy is used to meet the majority of the energy needs of such homes, from cooling and warming of the ambient air, to heating water and powering of appliances.
Indeed, in many cases, such homes not only do not require energy supply from the grid, they are actually able to supply the grid with solar power.
Many organisations and institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, have made great strides in showing the way for solar homes today and tomorrow.
Unfortunately, most homes seek to integrate solar energy solutions well after they have been designed and built. In such cases, solar engineers need to use a combination of creativity and know-how to optimise the value generated from solar power installations.
At Sunhive, we are particularly excited about developments that enable affordable solar powered appliances within homes in developing countries. We are partnering with organisations that have devised solar powered solutions that address key needs in homes such as lighting, air conditioning and ventilation, and food preservation.