Pro.Per.Her – Prosumers Perspectives in Heritage districts

Solar panels on a cultural-historical house.
Photo: Demeester, Wikimedia Commons/
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The purpose of this project is to develop, test and evaluate a method how potential prosumers, living and/or working in culturally valuable environments, are motivated and given opportunities to integrate solar cells. The project will use participatory design methods, building integrated energy thinking, methods for assessing cultural values and energysystem technology in two pilot case studies.

The main research questions are:

  • What are the important factors that enable or limit the initiatives of potential prosumers?
  • How can democratic and creative forms of participation affect the integration of solar cells into culturally historically valuable environments?

The hypothesis is that a new planning paradigm based on democratic design processes needs to be introduced in order to transition to sustainable energy use in cultural-historical settlement environments, in both urban and rural areas, and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.


Swedish Energy Agency

Time period

2021-01-01 until 2022-12-31

Organizational project members

Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
Uppsala University (UU)

Project leader

Agatino Rizzo (LTU)

Project members

Andrea Luciani (LTU)
Lars Wikström (LTU)
Kristina Ek (LTU)
Gustaf Leijonhufvud (UU, Department of Art History)
David Lingfors (UU, Departmen of Civil and Industrial Engineering)

Last modified: 2022-02-21