6th Holcim Awards 2020/21

222 Homelessness is a global policy problem that, in the Philippines alone, impacts more than 30 million people. The powerHYDE project aims to contain this social problem in Minalin, 70km north of Manila, by suggesting a self-financing model that combines social housing for homeless families with a solar plant that would produce and sell energy to finance the homes. Conceived to provide adequate living conditions to 125 homeless families, the design turns the rooftops of the houses into a mini 2.5 MW photovoltaic plant able to generate 25 times more electricity than the residential complex will use. After the expiration of the renewable energy commitment, residents will become the new homeowners and continue to earn passive income through the sale of energy, which represents a tangible opportunity Holcim Awards Gold 2014 Asia Pacific Empowering the Homeless Self-financing residential complex Minalin, Pampanga, Philippines Acknowledgement prize 2020 Asia Pacific Global Holcim Awards Commendation update page 47