Photovoltaics meets history

Integrading a photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity for at least 50% of the required electricity consumption

Horizon prize for Integrated Photovoltaic Energy System will reward a European protected historic urban district that has perfectly integrated in its buildings a photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity for at least 50% of its required electricity consumption. In this context the photovoltaic system should include all the necessary components to supply power within the district.

Why this Prize?

In Europe, architectural and planning rules for protected historic urban districts impose major technical constraints on integrating renewable energy systems such as photovoltaics. These problems call for innovative and creative solutions for integrating photovoltaics into buildings combining technology with the cultural heritage of a city district. The suggested energy solution must also be adaptable and replicable to other districts, as the prize aims to mobilise and enhance private and public investment for the replication of similar solutions in Europe.

This prize contributes to the Energy Union priority to make the EU the world number one in renewable energy and lead the fight against global warming.


The development of the most suitable architectural and aesthetically-pleasing design for photovoltaic energy system in combination with optimal technical solutions, with the least visible impact on and minimal intrusion to the structure of protected historical urban buildings in Europe.

More detailed information on the criteria for the contest will be published soon.


The contest has been launched and you can apply until 26 September 2018.

The rules of contest are available online.



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