The implementation of the Smart EPC project is taking place in a particularly favourable regional and national context in France. With the soaring cost of energy, public lighting, which is one of the main areas of expenditure for local authorities, has been identified as a priority.
On the French side, the Smart EPC partnership consists of and . The two structures are complementary in terms of both experience and expertise: AURA-EE has extensive experience in EPC (energy performance contracting), notably acquired through other European projects such as STEPPING & STEPPING PLUS. Syane, on the other hand, has a strong competence in the field of public lighting. In the Smart EPC project, Syane wishes to define a new EPC model in which it would be the intermediary between municipalities and service companies. Syane will provide the financing, take care of the design and construction, and guarantee the municipalities a percentage of savings at the end of the contract.
At the beginning of the project, AURA-EE and Syane trained each other to increase their respective areas of expertise. A first training session dedicated to EPC was organised by AURA-EE in March, followed by another presentation session dedicated to public lighting and smart technologies offered by Syane.
These two training sessions enabled the two partners to carry out an inventory of smart technologies of interest in the region and of projects combining energy-efficient renovation of public lighting and smart technologies. Nearly 18 contacts were made in the region to carry out this inventory. A summary adapted to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region context is currently being prepared to define the conditions for implementing public lighting renovation projects using smart technologies.
Syane, which is responsible for pilot projects to be developed in the framework of SMART EPC, has established initial contacts with the municipalities of its territory. Thus, several municipalities in Haute-Savoie have expressed their interest in an EPC model (e.g. Evian-les-Bains with whom discussions are underway).
Syane continues working on the identification of pilot projects in the region. In 2023, AURA-EE will present the state of play synthesis to the stakeholders met since the beginning of the project to refine the analysis and strategy for the following months.
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