Solar Award 2014
2014 SHC Solar Award recipient Béatrice  Santais of City    
of Montmélian, France with Ken Guthrie, SHC Programme Chair    

The International Energy Agency Solar Heating Programme (IEA SHC) presented its 2014 SHC SOLAR AWARD to the City of Montmélian, now officially called Montmélian la Solaire, which has been a  solar thermal pioneer for more than 30 years. The Mayor, Mrs. Béatrice  Santais, received the award on behalf of city at the International Conference on  Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry in Beijing, China.

“This year’s SHC Solar Award recognizes a municipality with an incredible track  record of leading by example,” said Ken Guthrie, chairman of the IEA SHC. “The city of Montmélian la Solaire has demonstrated for 30 years how to motivate a community and stimulate the development of solar thermal energy through the systematic installation of solar thermal systems in municipal and residential buildings.”

The SHC SOLAR AWARD is given to an individual, company, or private/public institution that has shown outstanding leadership or achievements in the field of solar heating and cooling, and that supports the work of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. With the 2014 award, the IEA SHC recognizes not only the excellent results of Montmélian la Solaire, but also the pioneering spirit of the city’s leaders.

This town of 4,000 residents is 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 municipality buildings and 44% on private buildings (multifamily houses specifically). And, a solar thermal feasibility study is executed for each new communal building project.

Past Award Winners

  • 2013 SHC Solar Award
    Drake Landing Company – 52 homes heated with 98% solar
  • 2012 SHC Solar Award
    Dr. Frederick H. Morse
  • 2010 SHC Solar Award 
    ​Helmut Jäger, founder and general manager of Solvis Energyiesysteme GmbH
  • 2008 SHC Solar Award
    Professor Manuel Collares Pereira, founder and R&D Director of AO SOL, Energias Renováveis, S.A. and professor at the Technical University of Lisbon
  • 2006 SHC Solar Award 
    Dr. Volker Wittwer, Deputy Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany
  • 2005 SHC Solar Award 
    Dr. Jan-Olof Dalenbäck, Professor at the Chalmers University in Sweden
  • 2004 SHC Solar Award 
    Professor William Beckman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin
  • 2003 SHC Solar Award 
    Torben Esbensen of Esbensen Consultants A/S, Denmark