Nice Grid - A Smart Solar District

Nice Grid is the first smart solar-energy district demonstrator project conducted in France. This ambitious project has brought together a broad range of stakeholders in the municipality of Carros.

The objective is to develop a smart electricity grid that harmoniously integrates a high proportion of solar panels, energy storage batteries and intelligent power meters installed into the homes of volunteer participants. By giving energy users the opportunity to manage their power consumption and budget, Nice Grid intends to turn passive consumers into active “pro-sumers” (producer-consumers).

This track will provide a better understanding of the Nice Grid project exploring key areas including:

  • The strategic overview of the Nice Grid project & outcomes
  • The prosumer engagement
  • Future outlook and technology challenges
  • Where and what next?

Using experiences and insights from key actors in the Nice Grid Project this track will look at what it takes to develop a smart electricity grid which harmoniously integrates a high proportion of solar panels, energy storage batteries and intelligent power meters.

Live Webinars

The Story So Far - A Strategic Overview of the Nice Grid Project Outcomes

Broadcast Date: Wed 31 Aug 13:00 UTC


What is the strategy behind the Nice Grid project? What are the latest project outcomes?




  • Laurent Schmitt

    Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions
  • Michael Lippert

    Marketing Manager
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager
  • Thomas Drizard

    NiceGrid Project Engineer


Launched in 2011, NICE GRID’s objective was to test the operation of a “smart” solar district in the city of Carros, in south eastern France.

Nice Grid developed an energy management system that optimize the balance between energy consumption and generation at a secondary distribution network level.

In this session we will discuss in details key themes in the deployment of the project that includes: - Flexibility as a mean to reduce grid constraints within an automatised mechanisms

  • Microgrid architecture to control devices on the field (storage, OLTC, meters) with innovative broadband powerline carrier
  • Storage as a key factor for PV integration, peak demand reduction and islanding
  • Smart meters as essential bricks for a smarter grid
  • Building automation and large consumers
  • Making sense of peak load 

Make sure you join the session to understand the strategy behind the Nice Grid's project and the exclusive latest results. Part of [NICE GRID - A Smart Solar District]



The Prosumer Engagement Within the Nice Grid Project

Broadcast Date: Wed 07 Sep 13:00 UTC


Challenges and benefits of using an industrial and commercial consumer lead approach to microgrid adoption.




  • Isabelle Jalmain

    Smart Grid Project Engineer
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager
  • Thomas Drizard

    NiceGrid Project Engineer


Nice Grid is a smart solar district pilot project conducted in the southern French town of Carros, in which up to several residential and business customers will participate.

The project’s energy management system aggregate and optimize local resources to offer residential and business customers demand-response opportunities to either supply power to the grid or shed loads, in accordance with the grid’s forecast requirements for the following day.

By giving energy consumers the opportunity to manage their power consumption and budget, the Nice Grid aims to turn passive consumers into active ‘prosumers’ (producer-consumers), representing a mix of residential users, business owners, and operators of apartment buildings.

In this session we will explore the consumer lead approach to microgrid adoption discussing key themes including:

  • Demand side management and balancing the peak demands/loads
  • Integrating onsite energy generation & DERs
  • Behind the meter architecture
  • Impact of the flexibilities on the distribution grid
  • End user integration and consumer behaviour change

Make sure you tune in as we will hear approach and results from consumers that joined the Nice Grid project.

This webinar is part of our 'Nice Grid' In Focus track on engerati. Follow this link for more insights!



Future Outlook and Technology Challenges - Where and What Next?

Broadcast Date: Fri 16 Sep 13:00 UTC


What has been achieved and what is next? We look at the future outlook and emerging technologies that could shape the next phase of projects.




  • Cyril Carpentier

    Photovoltaic & Energy Storage Application Engineer
  • Laurent Schmitt

    Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager
  • Thomas Drizard

    NiceGrid Project Engineer


The Nice Grid project is one of six smart grid demonstrations within the large-scale Grid4EU project, which aims to test advanced smart grid solutions with wide replicability and scalability potential for the European market.

Following the project life cycle of five-years we look back at the various technological challenges involved with a view to understanding what implementing future smart grid system concepts could entail. What were the challenges? How have emerging technologies affected the scene? Is the initial context still relevant? And most importantly, what's next?

In this session we will discuss themes including:

  • The wider GRID4EU stack and what that means for EU energy objectives
  • Increasing energy storage and solar adoption at scale and full speed
  • The load balancing dilemma and avoiding islanding
  • Empowering consumers and understanding behavioral elements

Join the session for an exciting forward looking perspective on the Nice Grid project and also get an understanding of emerging technology challenges and how they could affect your projects.

This webinar is part of our 'Nice Grid' In Focus track on Engerati. Follow this link for more insights!



Webinar Speakers

Laurent Schmitt

Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions

Michael Lippert

Marketing Manager

Thomas Drizard

NiceGrid Project Engineer

Isabelle Jalmain

Smart Grid Project Engineer

Thomas Drizard

NiceGrid Project Engineer

Cyril Carpentier

Photovoltaic & Energy Storage Application Engineer

Laurent Schmitt

Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions

Thomas Drizard

NiceGrid Project Engineer

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Islanding of a low voltage district with PV and energy storage within the NICE GRID project
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