• 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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logo_irena_120.jpgPress release, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 8 July 8 2010
The IRENA statute enters into force: The International Renewable Energy Agency becomes a fully fledged International Organization.

Created in January 2009 with 75 Member States, IRENA has grown in just over a year to become one of the largest international organizations. 147 countries and the European Union already signed its statute.

The 25th instrument of ratification was deposited in Berlin on June 8th and according to Article XIX, the treaty enters into force 30 days after. 29 Member States have now ratified the Treaty.

In June 2009, Abu Dhabi was elected as IRENA’s Headquarters. The first international organization of the 21st century is also the first to be headquartered in the Gulf Region. Hélène Pelosse, Interim Director-General comments, "With 98 billion barrels, Abu Dhabi is the 7th proven oil reserve in the world. Nevertheless Abu Dhabi is committed to achieve 7% renewable energy in 2020 and to invest 10% of its GDP in Masdar, a zero carbon city. The United Arab Emirates are IRENA’s home and this far sighted country has continuously proved a very strong support for the Agency".

Hélène Pelosse was elected as Interim Director-General one year ago at the age of 39. Mother of three, she states, "We cannot rely on energy of the past to power our future. Now  renewables account for 18% of world electricity production but potential scenarios show it can reach 50% or even higher. It is the only energy source which can serve the needs of the predicted nine billion earth population in 2050".

Improving the renewable energy share in the energy mix is a direct way of tackling climate change and GHG emission reduction.  Whilst also encouraging energy security and independence. Furthermore, it also offers strong support for both economic and social growth.

The International Renewable Energy Agency is aiming to become the global voice for renewable energy. The Agency’s mandate is to assist its Member States define their strategy across the fields of all renewable energies: bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind.

Please click here to download the press release on IRENA’s first anniversary

Contact: www.irena.org

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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

  • The European Solar Prize Award 2017 is open for entries

    EUROSOLAR awards the European Solar Prize, recognizing innovative projects and initiatives as well as outstanding commitment in the field of renewable energies. Applications can be submitted until 31 May 2017 via our Online-Form.

    You are also welcome to send us proposals about interesting projects / initiatives in the field of renewable energies. Please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 May 2017 (also free of formalities).

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  • Application guidelines

    Frequently asked questions:

    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.

    Why should I apply?

    Due to the fact that EUROSOLAR is a non-profit organisation, we cannot pay any prize money.

    Nevertheless, award winners benefit in a variety of ways:
    • The Solar Prize is considered as an international seal of quality
    • Guaranteed attention for the winning projects / initiatives by publicity in the media and the public
    • Appreciation of award winners within the framework of a solemn award ceremony in an European city
    • New possibilities are given for networking as well for making new contacts

    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.

    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.

    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.).

    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.

    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.

    Description of Prize Categories:

    a) Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities

    European towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities with projects for using renewable energies in their council area. The Solar Prize is awarded for versatile and convincing activities with a supply of renewable energy.

    b) Solar architecture and urban planning

    European architects and planning offices, housing associations, towns and other facilities with innovative concepts using renewable energy on single buildings or for whole districts. This category is focused on constructive aspects.

    c) Industrial and commercial companies or farmers

    European companies, cooperatives and agrobusinesses which developed innovative approaches for the market launch of renewable energy or cover their own energy needs with renewable utilization concepts (with special consideration of small businesses).

    d) Local or regional associations/organizations

    European associations and organizations locally or regionally engaged, using renewable energy in various ways.

    e) Owners or operators of renewable energy installations

    Private plus-energy-buildings or zero-emission-buildings and educational institutions in Europe with innovative renewable energy concepts.

    f) Transport and mobility

    Vehicles or transportation systems from Europe powered with renewable energy and working functionally and emission-free.

    g) Media

    Journalists, publicists, agencies and directors who promote and raise public awareness for renewable energy in Europe through television, radio or publications.

    h) Education and vocational training

    European universities, schools, academies and other facilities and initiatives which offer knowledge transfers in the field of renewable energy.

    i) One world cooperation

    Organizations, universities, associations or other initiatives and facilities from Europe which initiated sustainable development cooperation in the field of renewable energy all over the world.

    j) Special achievement prize for individual commitment

    Longterm personal commitment for the use and extension of renewable energy. In this category proposals for individuals are very welcome.

    Legal notice:

    Applications and proposals must be received before the end of the respective application period. A selected panel of qualified judges, appointed by EUROSOLAR, will select the ultimate winning entries. The judges may assign projects to other categories than applied for, if necessary. No liability or responsibility is accepted by EUROSOLAR for materials sent in, including no recognition of any other legal claims associated therewith, such as the return of documents. All decisions are final.

    EUROSOLAR fosters the public perception of the award winners through advertising initiatives in its networks and a festive ceremony. The partizipation in the European Solar Prize Award is free of charge. No prize money will be paid.

    Confidential data from the applications will not be published by EUROSOLAR or passed on to third parties. Honoring texts and public information on the projects/initiatives are communicated and coordinated with the award winners before publication.

    All private and public renewable energy installations, natural and legal persons and as well public bodies in Europe are eligible to participate. The applicant accepts with his/her application the statute of the Solar Prize.

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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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