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    Solar Prize
    Award 2017
    period open
    from February 2017

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On 23 November the European Solar Prize 2015 was presented in the course of festivities at the Waldstein Palace in Prague. This year, EUROSOLAR honored twelve nominees from seven different countries. The ceremony took place at the house of the Senate of the Czech Republic along with the Czech Solar Prize presentation.

In addition to the award presentation, an international panel performed talks and a debate on the ‘European Energy Future’. Consensus was found on the fact that the transition to renewable energy sources has to be the primary focus of a European energy policy to reduce the dependency on energy imports, eradicate social and economical imbalances and to prevent climate change. The specific experiences from different countries showed, that a successful transition to renewable energies has to take place in a decentralized way.

The featured candidates illustrate, that the European energy transition is already successfully being put into practice ‘from below‘. With the European Solar Prize EUROSOLAR wants to raise public awareness of these accomplishments for the necessity and opportunities that accompany the energy transition.

Winners of the European Solar Prize 2015:

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knezice biogasEnergy self-sufficient community Kněžice, Czech Republic

Outstanding commitment and role model function for renewable development in the Czech Republic


SUNSTORE 3SUNSTORE 3, Dronninglund Fjernvarme, Denmark

First demonstration of a full scale renewable heating concept with solar and seasonal storage in Denmark


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Aktiv StadthausAktiv-Stadthaus, ABG Frankfurt Holding, Germany

Centrally located building with 74 units which is currently the first and largest inner-city residential building to meet the energy-efficiency-plus housing standard


cavigelli238% Plus-Energy-Building, Cavigelli Engineers, Switzerland

Innovative technological energy concept with a self-sufficiency of 283%



Ghella OfficeGhella Office, RicciSpaini Architetti Associati, Alberto Raimondi, Italy

Energetic transformation of a heritage-protected building with keeping the original design


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SOLARierSOLARier - Gesellschaft für erneuerbare Energie, Austria

Longstanding commitment for the use of ecofriendly energy systems on private buildings in Austria


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ProGubenPro Guben - Verein für Energie und Umwelt, Germany

Outstanding effort for the use of renewable energy across borders and their fight against the Lausitz cole mine


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hardegger131% Plus-Energy-Buildung Refurbishment, Hardegger Immobilien, Switzerland

Plus-energy-building refurbishment which inserts structurally  into the historic townscape and its exemplary energy production, fulfilling the requirements for an energy revolution

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Electric bus routeElectriCity, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

Exemplary supply of public transport with renewable energy as part of a cooperation between city, industry and science


affentranger1Solarbagger, Affentranger Bau, Switzerland

World’s first 16-tons-solar excavator with electric motor and an energy supply from a PV-system on the operational building


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Geothermal System of Egyptian Museum of TurinGeothermal system of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, PROECO e Onleco, Italy

Conservation of the historic artwork through conditioning with the use of clean and renewable energy


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Kent SkaanningKent Skaanning, Denmark

Outstanding commitment for renewable energy as a pioneer of biogas and spokesman in Denmark


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


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


World Council for Renewable Energy (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.

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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