As part of the Prince’s Government’s energy transition policy, new solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Atelier des Ballets de Monte-Carlo. The 228 modules cover an area of 403 m² and will produce 94,000 kWh of electricity per year, providing the workshop with up to 30% energy autonomy.
The Ballet’s new solar panels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7.70 tonnes of Co2 per year. The Public Buildings Maintenance Service will be installing more solar panels in the near future for several Monegasque establishments, including: the Scientific Centre of Monaco, which has the largest roof area and production capacity of all local public buildings, the Monaco Scouts, the Triton and the FANB (Institution François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré) which will be using a new generation of coloured modules; an aesthetic choice for better visual cohesion in the Monaco Ville district.
Funding available for solar power
Government aid is available for the installation of solar electricity production devices. A new Ministerial Decree concerning this incentive was published on 7 June 2021 in the Official Journal of Monaco. In order to increase the production of renewable electricity, the Government has decided to simplify the administrative procedure for distributing aid and to include other energy producers. Building owners will now be able to entrust any third-party investor with the task of carrying out the installation of solar panels. They could be installed by professionals or tenants. The electricity produced can either be used by the building or fed back into the electricity grid and bought by SMEG. Solar panels can now be installed on a flat roof, a sloping roof or on a facade.
For more information on how to apply for the solar power initiative, visit the website.