ESP2016 Award winners web zugeschnitten

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. Having previously been held in Rome and Prague, 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. Outdated conventional structures and the gigantic subsidies for fossil and nuclear energy have to be overcome. The realization of a sustainable energy system is urgently necessary and already numerous actors show how renewable energy can successfully being used.

EURSOLAR president Professor Peter Droege declared in his welcome speech: “These brilliant initiatives and their authors augur a new age with powerful messages for Europe. Renewables represent the essential infrastructure for peaceful coexistence, social justice and proserity, helping stem global climate refugee streams, and helping to avoid the worst of global warming.”

The European Solar Prize honors towns, companies, organizations, cooperatives and private persons who are taking the matter of the renewable energy transition in their own hands. The outstanding award winners give an impressive account of the ability to shape a sustainable future with their own power, finances and will to succeed in the current political, economic and societal boundaries - leading to a 'Renewable Energy Union'.

Official press release

Pictures of the event

Brochure with detailed appreciations of the nominees

Winners of the European Solar Prize 2016:

Kopf ESP 1
City of Kisielice

Energy self-sufficient community of Kisielice, Poland

Outstanding commitment and role model of a renewable development in Poland on local scale. CITY OF KISIELICE

Kopf ESP 2
Johann Böhm web

Renovation Johann Böhm, Austria

Innovative and transferable concept of transforming an apartment building from the sixties into a plus-energy-building. NUSSMÜLLER ARCHITEKTEN ZT GMBH

 Anliker web

Medal: Renovation Anliker, Switzerland

Innovative and highly efficient concept for a sustainable refurbishment of a heritage-protected building. CHRISTIAN & ELISABETH ANLIKER/CLEVERGIE GMBH

Kopf ESP 3
Bodegas Torres

Bodegas Torres, Spain

Overall concept for the sustainable use of energy and other natural resources in the fabrication of wine. MIGUEL TORRES, S.A.


Interfloat Corporation, Principality of Liechtenstein

Best-practice example of an economic transformation in a declining coal region by fulfilling a corporate structural change. INTERFLOAT COOPERATION

Kopf ESP 4

Repowering London, United Kingdom

Establishment of a grassroots organized community-power development in London’s Brixton neighborhood. REPOWERING

Kopf ESP 5
Zusamme Solar1

Zusamme Solar! Colmar, Germany/France

Role model and inspiration for common European renewable energy projects across national borders and juridical frontiers. FESA ENERGIE GENO/ENERGIES PARTAGEES

Kopf ESP 6
Weisse Arena Bergbahnen web

Weisse Arena Gruppe, Switzerland

On the way to the world’s first self-sufficient winter sports resort with a PV-powered ski lift, diesel-electric snow groomers and heat recovery units. WEISSE ARENA AG

Kopf ESP 9
nph1 web

nph deutschland, Germany

Implementation of a solar smart grid to cover the energy demands of 15 humanitarian programs in Haiti. NPH DEUTSCHLAND E.V./BIOHAUS-STIFTUNG