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UNIVERSOL Report Summary

Project ID: 11659
Funded under: FP5-EESD
Country: France

45 and 36.68 kWp - PV Installations

Within the UNIVERSOL project, the Rhone-Alp Regional Council installed 2 PV system on 2 High Schools:
- a 45kWp PV system integrated in the glazing structure of the Gresivaudan High School in Meylan, next to Grenoble, and
- a 36kWp PV system integrated in the façade of the Monge High School in Chambéry and used as shading element.

Both systems have a relatively important power and are well integrated and particularly the Gresivaudan High School in Meylan which is at present the Building Integrated Photovoltaic Show Case for France and thus is often visited.

Also, it must be noticed that the key of the success of this operation is that from the beginning of the project, teachers have been strongly involved in the management of the technical and non-technical aspects of the project, and have involved their students in each phase of the project, from the very beginning with the organisation of a DMS campaign in the High School in order to reduce the energy consumption, to the analyse of the feasibility study, the monitoring of the installation and the analyse of the monitoring data of the PV system.

In collaboration with HESPUL, the closing conference of the UnivERsol project in France, was organised in this High School and was composed of 3 Information days which had all a very specific target:
- Thursday 14 October was organised for students of the Gresivaudan High School to present to them and allow them to visit the PV system and official inauguration of the PV system by politicians and decision makers.
- Friday 15 October 2004 was an information day about UNIVERSOL and training courses on Demand Side Management campaigns, Renewable Energies in general and PV in particular for teachers and professors of the Rhone-Alpes Region.
- Saturday 16 October was an Open Day for the general public of the Grenoble region organised in partnership with local associations for the promotion of renewable energies, such as AGEDEN or the Grenoble SAVE agency.

This conference, known as the closing conference of the UnivERsol project in France, was a real success.

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