• the European Association for Renewable Energy was founded in 1988. It is a registered non-profit organization that conducts its work independently of political parties, institutions, commercial enterprises and interest groups,
• is dedicated to the cause of completely substituting for nuclear and fossil energy through renewable energy,
• regards solar energy supply as essential to preserve the natural resources and a prerequisite for a sustainable economy,
• acts to change conventional political priorities and common infrastructures in favor of renewable energy, from the local to the international level,
• brings together expertise from the fields of politics, economy, science and culture to promote the entry of solar energy,
• provides the opportunity to play a part in the sociocultural movement for renewable energy by joining the association for everyone,
• considers full renewable energy supply a momentous and visionary goal - the challenge of the century to humanity.
What we do
EUROSOLAR develops and encourages political and economic action plans and concepts for the introduction of renewable energy.
These range from market entry strategies to proposals for future research and development policies, from tax breaks to solar energy use on conversion sites, from the contribution of solar energy to the developing world to agricultural, transport and construction policies.
They address and initiate action at the international level and also the national, regional and local levels. In this way political, scientific, technological and business expertise and grassroots commitments become an important part of EUROSOLAR's platform and produce guidelines, proposals and mandates for action.
EUROSOLAR works towards a broad-based sociocultural movement in support of solar energy and towards mobilizing new political and economic initiatives and a respectful relationship with the environment in architecture and urban planning.
EUROSOLAR arranges numerous high-profile conference series and exploratory meetings on the national, European and international levels such as:
• "Solar Energy in Architecture and Urban Planning"
• the World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA)
• "Farmers as Energy and Resource Suppliers"
• The International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES)
• "City Utility Companies using Renewable Energy"
EUROSOLAR members receive discounted registration fees to EUROSOLAR conferences.
It formed the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) in June 2001 and established its registered office.
At EUROSOLAR's initiative 'Grüner Strom Label e.V.' was founded in 1999 to certify green electricity offerings, using demanding criteria to ensure environmental benefit. It verifies that green electricity is genuine green electricity derived from regenerative resources and that a fixed part of customer payments is used for investment in new renewable energy plants. It provides electricity supplier accreditation and awards the label "Grüner Strom" ("Green Power") at gold and silver levels.
In co-operation with its national sections, EUROSOLAR presents the European Solar Prize and in several countries the National Solar Prize. Since 1994, the European Solar Prize has rewarded towns, companies, individuals and organizations for outstanding service to the use of renewable energy.
Selected EUROSOLAR activities 2012 and 2011 (pdf)
Selected EUROSOLAR activities 2010 (pdf)
For the German brochure on the work of EUROSOLAR report and outlook 2012 please view: -
EUROSOLAR members include natural and juridical persons (such as political institutions, companies and associations).
Counting among its members are numerous parliamentarians (ranging from the European Parliament to regional parliaments), scientists, architects, engineers, tradesmen, farmers, teachers and other citizens who are dedicated to the widespread use of renewable energy, renewable energy companies and solar associations, scientific institutes, trade unions, regional and local governments, municipal and council district administrations.
We would be delighted about your decision to back our work and to become a member of EUROSOLAR.
Gain the advantages from being a EUROSOLAR member and
> enjoy EUROSOLAR’s expertise in politics, economy and science
> qualify for discounted registration fees to our events
> receive your free copy of our quarterly magazine "Solarzeitalter - Politik, Kultur und Ökonomie Erneuerbarer Energien" (in German only)
> buy EUROSOLAR publications for reduced prices
> stay informed about topical subjects, current events, actions, position papers and statements by e-mail.
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EUROSOLAR leaflet 'A momentous and visionary goal' (pdf)
Since 1989, the quarterly published German magazine "Solarzeitalter - Politik, Kultur und Ökonomie Erneuerbarer Energien" has been the official organ of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy, and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE).
Solarzeitalter 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. Contributors are internationally respected and well-known experts in their fields. Solarzeitalter influences the renewable energy opinion formers in politics and the media.
Solarzeitalter media data 2013 (German) (pdf)
The highest bodies are the European Delegates' Assembly at the international level and the general assembly at the national section level. To date EUROSOLAR's sections are in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
EUROSOLAR is represented by an international executive committee, a president and the vice-presidents, and by a national executive committee at section level.
As a membership based, non-profit organization, EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy, is financed from membership fees and donations only.
The EUROSOLAR team at the Bonn offices is made up of full-time and part-time employees. Please refer to the contact section to learn who is in charge of subjects of interest to you.
As a registered non-profit society EUROSOLAR acquired funding in 2012 through membership fees and donations.
EUROSOLAR’s 2011 budget amounted to approx. €737,000.
EUROSOLAR staff in 2012: ten employees, four full-time, four part-time staff and two freelance workers. Total personnel costs: €279,000.
Expenditure for equipment and rent, non-personnel costs: €85,000.
2012 activities in the form of work with the public (member magazine ‚Solarzeitalter‘), campaigns, seminars, the German and European Solar Prize and international conferences were partly supported by partners and sponsors.
Third party costs of all activities: €373,000. Sponsorship revenue: €137,000, conference registration fees: €366,000.
74 per cent of the membership fees in the amount of €171,000 came from natural persons, 26 per cent from juridical persons.
Donations to EUROSOLAR in 2011 amounted to €4,000.
Further revenues (from solar feed-in, the sale of conference proceedings, the Solarzeitalter magazine and other publications as well as from interest): €40,000.
The balance of €19,000 was taken from the reserves.
Thank you to all of you who supported EUROSOLAR!
Chronology of selected events and activities 2008 - 2012 (in German) (pdf)