Via Treehugger, Drake's Landing:
Huunh? Alberta, Canada???
How it Works
- 52-house subdivision to have space and water heating supplied by solar energy
- Solar energy captured year round by 800-panel garage mounted array
- Combination of seasonal and short-term thermal storage (STTS) facilitate collection and storage of solar energy in the summer for use in space heating in winter
- Borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) is an in-ground heat sink for seasonal energy storage
- Short-term thermal storage (STTS) tanks are central hub for heat movement between collectors, district loop (DL)/houses, and (BTES)
- DL moves heat from the STTS to the houses
Location: Okotoks, Alberta. 51.1 deg N, 114 deg W, 1084 m elevation
Weather: Winter -33 C; Summer 28.3 C DB/15.6 C WB
that's a tad north of Central New York even!
Pretty ambitious plan. Here is the link for how they plan to do it. Outside the box thinking to provide heating to residents - that is what CNY will need as the winters stay cold and the cost of gas and oil continues to climb.
(Yes I know that natural gas fell to $9 and change today, but I bet on the first cold snap she'll be right back up there to $12-14)