Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Solar based Integrated Energy Systems for Green Building Applications

Yashvi Malhotra, V.S.K.V. Harish


Energy consumption in buildings is increasing at a rapid rate and so is the development of renewable energy systems. India possesses huge potential for solar and wind power systems and also for, geothermal and tidal owing to site-specific characteristics and geographic location. Present paper studies the latest developments of solar based renewable energy applications for new and existing buildings, with an aim to achieve net zero or nearly zero energy consumption. Solar power generation is flexible in terms of applications and widely accepted in the renewable energy landscape for Indian buildings sector. Acceptance of wind, biomass and geothermal as a viable source of energy for powering green buildings is still in the nascent stage.


Green buildings; renewable energy; solar; HVAC; energy

Full Text:



EIA, International Energy Outlook 2017, , Accessed on 14th March 2018.

Statista, India: Degree of urbanization from 2006 to 2016, < /271312/urbanization-in-india/>, Accessed on 14th March 2018.

Yadav, Potential of Solar Energy in India: A Review, National Conference on Renewable Energy and Environment, 2015, 2(1).

Veeraboina and Ratnam, Analysis of the opportunities and challenges of solar water heating system (SWHS) in India: Estimates from the energy audit surveys & review, Renew Sust Energ Rev. 2012; 16: 668– 676p.

Pandey, Determinants of success for promoting solar energy in Rajasthan, India, Renew Sust Energ Rev. 2012; 16: 3593– 3598p.

Sharma, Solar energy in India: Strategies, policies, perspectives and future potential,

Renew Sust Energ Rev. 2012; 16: 933–941p.

GWEC and IWTMA, Indian wind energy- A Brief Outlook, 2016.

Market Express, Tidal Energy in India - 7500 Km Coastline, hidden potential, , Accessed on 14th March 2018.

Indian Energy Portal, <>, Accessed on 14th March.

Schoen, Building-integrated PV installations in The Netherlands: examples and operational experiences, Sol Energy, 2001; 70: 467–477p.

Bakos, Technoeconomic assessment of a building-integrated PV system for electrical energy saving in residential sector, Energ Buildings. 2003; 35: 757–762p.

López, Frontini, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Solar Energy Integration in Heritage Historic Buildings, Energ Procedia. 2014; 48: 1493–1502p.

Zhai, Solar integrated energy system for a green building, Energ Buildings. 2007; 39: 985–993p.

Visa, Improving the renewable energy mix in a building toward the nearly zero energy status, Energ Buildings. 2014; 68: 72–78p.

Esen, Yuksel, Experimental evaluation of using various renewable energy sources for heating a greenhouse, Energ Buildings. 2013; 65: 340–351p.

Guan Xu, Jia, Energy-Efficient Buildings Facilitated by Microgrid, IEEE Xplore. 2010.

Harish VSKV, Kumar A. Demand side management in India: Action plan, policies and regulations, Renew Sust Energ Rev. May 2014; 33: 613–624p.


  • There are currently no refbacks.