About us

Training by research

A 56% increase in world energy demand is expected from 2010 to 2040. Solar energy technologies may play a significant role in the energy transition, through passive applications and power generation, whilst helping to tackle issues of the climate change, population increase, energy security, water scarcity, economic growth and rising urbanization. The solar resource is abundant and diffuse, and hence particularly well suited to the building sector. Moreover, it can be a vector for growth, linking economic objectives to the emergence of future technologies. The challenge is to transform this potential into real power generation.

Solar Academy Graduate School is located on the INES campus in Savoie, France. INES (National Institute for Solar Energy) is a platform for research in Solar Energy (100 M€ invested in 10 years) with 450 employees working at INES in 2019 (about 350 at CEA and 100 at USMB/CNRS).

The Solar Academy combines practice and theory in the areas of solar and building physics, scientific computing, material science, business, law, sociology architecture and urban planning.

The mission of the Solar Academy is to become a national and international leader in scientific research, engineering, business, economy and law for a model of low-carbon distributed generation and consumption. Central to its organization is a multidisciplinary approach to enable the large-scale utilization of the solar energy resource.


Pr. Monika Woloszyn, director of the Solar Academy assisted by Pr. Christophe Ménézo as Deputy Director for national and international partnerships.