The 2014 SHC Solar Award was presented to the French city Montmélian la Solaire. The Mayor, Mrs. Béatrice Santais, received the award on behalf of city at the IEA SHC’s International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry in Beijing, China. The 2014 award recognized not only the excellent results of Montmélian la Solaire, but also the pioneering spirit of the city’s leaders.
Montmélian la Solaire’s 4,000 residents are firmly committed to the promotion and development of solar thermal. Nearly 1,500 m2 of solar thermal collectors are installed on buildings. Of this solar collector area, 56% are installed on municipal buildings and 44% on private multifamily houses. In addition, a solar thermal feasibility study is executed for each new public building project.
Currently, the town boasts some 370 m2 of thermal solar panels per 1,000 inhabitants, which is ten times more than the national average. As Mrs. Santais states, “We must continue tirelessly because we are on the right path, the one and only path.”