Ballets de Monte-Carlo goes green

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the practice studio of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo as part of the government’s efforts to be more environmentally friendly.

The Ballets de Monte-Carlo atelier has gone green. The roof of the facility is now equipped with photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 403m2 and composed of 228 separate plates. These panels will be able to generate up to 94,000kWh of electricity per year, providing up to 30% of the energy needs of the studio. This will also create a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equalling 7.7 tonnes of Co2 each year.

The Public Buildings Maintenance Service will carry out other photovoltaic installations in the near future at select locations in the Principality.

Some of the facilities who will benefit include the Scientific Centre of Monaco, which has the largest roof area and production capacity of all the country’s public buildings, the Scouts of Monaco, the Triton as well as the École FANB – Institut François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré, which will be the first to receive the new generation of coloured modules. These have been created to blend better with the surrounding environment, giving “better visual integration” in Monaco-Ville, the area housing the facility.

The buildings that opt for solar panels are eligible for a certain amount of aid for the installation process.

A new Ministerial Order relating to this incentive measure was published on 7th June in the Official Journal of Monaco. In order to increase the production of renewable electricity, the Government decided to simplify the administrative procedure for disbursing aid and to extend the system to all energy producers.

This will allow owners to assign any third-party investor, including tenants, the ability to carry out the installation of photovoltaic panels on their buildings. Electricity produced can either be sold back to Société Monegasque de l’Electrique et du Gaz (SMEG) for cash or be used through personal consumption.

Solar panels can now be affixed not only to rooftops, but also to facades.