• IRES 2017
    14-16 March 2017
    11th International
    Renewable Energy
    Storage Conference

    and
    6th Energy Storage
    Europe

  • ESP 2017
    European
    Solar Prize
    Award 2017
    Application
    period open
    from February 2017

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EUROSOLAR works for the rapid and complete removal of nuclear and fossil energies through renewable energies. Support our voice for a dynamic and decentralized energy supply with your membership.

Since 1989, the German quarterly published magazine "Solarzeitalter - Politik, Kultur und Ökonomie Erneuerbarer Energien" (ISSN 0937-3802) has been the official organ of EUROSOLAR and of the WCRE.
It discusses renewable energy policies and economic programmes, provides a critical review of conventional energy concepts and information about political developments in support of renewable energy. It is considered the most important political magazine for renewable energy.

The Solarzeitalter print edition is free for EUROSOLAR and WCRE members.

Articles in Solarzeitalter are mostly published in Germany. Click here to find the contents (Inhaltsverzeichnisse) and online reading of selected German articles!

Since 2015 more English articles are published in the magazine. A compilation of the English readings from each Solarzeitalter will be available for download on this page.

Publications in Solarzeitalter:
If you are interested in publishing an article in Solarzeitalter, please do not hesitate to contact our editorial department for discussing the placement of your article. For the publication of articles, certain Guidelines and Formalities need to be respected. If your organization or company wants to place an advertisement in Solarzeitalter, please make sure to use the email-address below to discuss the publication date and price of the display.

Solarzeitalter as a digital product:
Each year's issues will be released as one CD-ROM at the end of the year.

Publisher & Editorial Department:
EUROSOLAR e.V. European Association for Renewable Energies
Irm Scheer-Pontenagel (Publisher)
Gert Samuel (editorial department)
solarzeitalter[AT]eurosolar.de

Events

14-16 March 2017

11th IRES Conference

11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) and 6th Energy Storage Europe (ESE) in Düsseldorf, Germany

10-11 May 2017

Municipal Utilities Conference

The annual Municipal Utilities Conference with Renewable Energies (Stadtwerke-Konferenz)

18-20 May 2017

IRENEC 2017

The annual International 100% Renewable Energy Conference (IRENEC 2017)

30 September 2017

Austrian Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of Austrian Solar Prize

14 October 2017

German Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of German Solar Prize

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World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)

WCRE

World Council for Renewable Energy

The independent World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) was founded to consider and deal amongst others with the increasing global energy demand, the comprehensive impacts, climate hazards, burdens to the environment, risk of accidents, conflicts around exhausting resources and focus new investments on Renewable Energy and energy efficiency.
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European Solar Prize

  • Application guidelines

    The European Solar Prize Award 2017 is open for entries. Please submit your application until 31 May 2017 via our Online-Form.

    Frequently asked questions:

    1. How can I apply?

    Applications and proposals for the various prize categories may be submitted during the application period via the online entry form on this website. Alternatively, you may send in your application by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to EUROSOLAR e.V., Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany. Please make sure to provide the materials sent by post also in digital formats (such as CD-ROM or USB stick). A description of the various prize categories can be found below.

    2. What information does my application has to include?

    Applications must include:
    • Full contact details, including contact name
    • Name of project
    • Abstract/project summary (max. 1,500 characters, including blanks, in English)
    • Application category of choice

    The abstract is a significant part of the application. The judges' first impression of the goals and innovative aspects of the submission will be based on it. Your application can be supplemented by additional documents (such as photographs, brochures, diagrams, newspaper articles, videos). Additional material may be sent by e-mail or post. Ideally, the submissions also include key figures (e.g. 40 % of the consumption is generated from renewable sources) or mention the technology used. In the case of architectural objects, please specify the usable area, energy needs, portion of demand covered by renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and the place/address.

    3. What do I have to consider in my application?

    Eligible projects are either fully completed or sufficiently advanced to provide first results. The Solar Prize will not be given in recognition of products, books or inventions.

    Please pay attention to the quality of your documents. Please consider which informations and complementary materials are relevant for the assessment process and which are not. In your application, please make a clear reference to the evaluation criteria and describe the extent to which your project or initiative fulfills these requirements. It is also always an advantage, if you visualize your application with pictures and graphics so that the judges can get a better impression.

    For technical reasons you can only upload one file with a maximum file size of 10 MB. If you wish to submit multiple items we recommend that you pack them in a zip file or combine them into one PDF file. If you wish to send in more extensive materials, kindly mail us a digital storage device.

    4. How can I submit proposals?

    We would be pleased to draw your attention to interesting and innovative projects or initiatives in the field of renewable energies. Proposals can be submitted formless by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For the better preparation of your nomination, we would be also pleased, if you inform us about your sources, references and further links (for example websites, press releases, etc.).

    5. How are applications and proposals assessed?


    • Degree of innovation: How does the project differ from existing standard solutions in terms of creativity and originality?
    • Exemplary character: How easily can the idea be transferred and applied by others? Does it encourage imitation?
    • Commitment: To what extent did obstacles and resistance have to be overcome? How much commitment and willpower is behind it?
    • Public effectiveness: Can the project or initiative be well presented in the media? How many people can be reached?
    • Quality of application documents: Are the documents conclusive and plausible? Has reference to the evaluation criteria been taken?
    It should be noted that depending on the category, the weighting of the evaluation criteria varies.

    6. How are the prize winners selected?

    The individual prize winners are determined by a qualified jury, which is convened and put together by EUROSOLAR every year. The members of the jury are appointed on an objective basis and guarantee a practical and professional assessment of the incoming applications and proposals.

    The European Solar Prize is awarded annually in addition to the national Solar Prizes of the various EUROSOLAR sections. The European Prize Winners will be determined from the applicants for the respective national Solar Prizes and the direct applications to EUROSOLAR.

    After expiry of the application period, the EUROSOLAR head office reviews all applications and prepares the documents for the evaluation process. Afterwards, the prepared application documents are made available to the jury members electronically. In the framework of a joint meeting, the judges make final decisions on the award winners.

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  • Winners of the European Solar Prize 2016

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  • European Solar Prize 2016 awarded in 'Sant Pau', Barcelona

    On 18th November EUROSOLAR e.V. together with EUROSOLAR Spain and Barcelona City Council awarded nine nominees, in seven categories, from eight different countries with the European Solar Prize 2016. This year’s award ceremony took place in the historical builings of the former hospital 'Sant Pau' in Barcelona – a city committed to sustainable energy.

    In the additional symposium consens was found, that the implementation of a common political framework for a ‘Renewable Energy Union’ has to focus on the different national, regional and local needs and must aim at ambitious renewable energy targets.

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  • About the European Solar Prize

    The European Solar Prize Award was established in 1994 by EUROSOLAR in cooperation with its national sections. It has since been handed out every year to towns and municipalities, community businesses, associations or organizations, architects, journalists and individuals for their extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to the use and expansion of renewable energy in Europe. With the Solar Prize EUROSOLAR recognizes outstanding commitment to renewable energy.

    The prize is given to make pioneers and leaders the focus of public attention all over Europe and to give fresh impetus to a renewable energy-based and decentralized energy turnaround. It honors outstanding and innovative projects and initiatives from all parts of society. At the end of each year the award winners are celebrated at a festive gathering in different European countries.

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