Press releases

President and Chairs of EUROSOLAR write Open Letter to Executive, Board and Shareholders of RWE AG

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Bonn, 25.09.2018. We appeal to you to help build a survivable and liveable future and avert any further damage to our heritage and future. This is the time to divest of coal and cooperate on building a healthy future for Germany and Europe – as leading examples of world best practice. Our global climate is tipping – bold action is needed to end the emission of greenhouse gas and rebuild our capacity to reduce it. Two of our most precious resources are renewable energy and natural forests – healthy ecosystems and healthy energy resources that combine into elements of a sustainable future. We urge you to show your commitment to corporate responsibility by embarking on a path to enduring economic, social and environmental sustainability and get out of futureless investments.

‘Urban Energy Transition 2 – Renewable Strategies for Cities and Regions’ by EUROSOLAR President Prof. Peter Droege

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Bonn, 27.08.2018. Our cities contain the settings and solution for a central existential challenge of our time: climate shift. The development of a regenerative energy system holds the key for the continued prospering of our social and economic structures. Communities, cities and regions as central places of human activity play a decisive role in this. The second edition of the book ‘Urban Energy Transition’ is a progressive reading for citizens, companies, communities, from villages to megacities and metropolitan regions that are striving for a rapid change from fossil fuels and nuclear energy to renewable energies. On about 700 pages, technical, financial, systematic, urban planning, landscape planning and sociological questions are discussed and strategies for a successful energy turnaround in the city and the region are presented.

EUROSOLAR calls for regenerative emergency actions to limit climate catastrophe

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Bonn, 21.07.2018. Declaration of the European Board of EUROSOLAR, formulated by Peter Droege, President EUROSOLAR In the 30 years since the founding of EUROSOLAR, many extraordinary successes and advances in the proliferation of renewable energy have been made: the powerful feed-in tariffs; the rise of 100 % renewable buildings, communities and regions; the broad march of solar and wind into many countries’ power mixes; the revolution of national policies to embrace energy transitions; and the rise of renewable energy investment – which has long become the dominant mode in annual capital expenditures in new power generation capacity world-wide.

European Solar Prize 2018: Application deadline extended

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Bonn, 24 May 2018. A successful energy transition requires civic, medium-sized and municipal actors who point the way through commitment and innovation to a renewable future. EUROSOLAR's European Solar Prize puts these pioneers in the public eye and illustrate the practicable, efficient and cost-effective use of renewable energies for society.Applications and proposals can be submitted quickly and easily online until Friday, 15 June 2018. All entries will be submitted to a qualified jury, which will decide on this year's prize winners. The call for entries is addressed to cities and municipalities, architects, municipal and private companies, associations, organisations and cooperatives, journalists and committed people who actively support the energy transition with their projects and initiatives.

ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE 2018 reflects positive development in the industry

Düsseldorf, 15.03.18. According to the current estimate of the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher e. V. - BVES), the energy storage industry will grow by around 11 per cent in 2018 and will generate a turnover of approximately EUR 5.1 billion. Medium-sized companies are the main driving force behind this increase. The development of ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE reflects this industry trend: With a total of 170 exhibitors and about 4.500 visitors, also this year's energy storage trade fair and the two conferences ESE and IRES continued the positive development of the past years."No other trade fair in the world covers the entire spectrum of energy storage solutions. Every year, new players enter the still young market with innovative solutions - often with new technological approaches to energy storage", says Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

European Solar Prize 2018 is open for entries

Bonn, 19 February 2018. The European Solar Prize of EUROSOLAR e. V. enters the next round! From today on, applications and proposals in the field of renewable energy can be submitted in ten different categories. The call for entries is addressed to local actors of the energy transition, who point the way in the right direction by means of innovation and commitment. Cities/communities, architects, municipal and private companies, associations, organisations and cooperatives, journalists and of course citizens, who actively support the transition to renewables, can apply.Press pictures

European Solar Prize 2017 awarded to ten laureates in Vienna

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Vienna, 18 November 2017 – High above the roofs of Vienna, in the rooms of the Technical University (TU the Sky), the European Solar Prize 2017 was awarded in a celebratory event on Saturday. Having previously been held in Rome, Prague and Barcelona this year’s edition of the European Solar Prize has been awarded in Vienna together with EUROSOLAR Austria. The prize, initiated by EUROSOLAR e.V., was given to ten winners, in ten categories and from ten different countries. The winning projects were presented via movies, interviews and presentations to more than 120 attendees.

European Solar Prize 2017 – Announcement of the award winners

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Bonn/Vienna, 8 November 2017 – For a rapid and efficient energy transition in Europe, pioneers and innovators in the field of renewable energy are needed. With the yearly awarding of the European Solar Prize, EUROSOLAR, together with its national sections, makes these actors the focus of public awareness and gives fresh impetus to a decentralized energy turnaround based on 100% renewables. Towards the end of each year, the award winners are invited to a celebratory event in an European city. Having previously been held in Rome, Prague and Barcelona this year’s edition of the European Solar Prize will be awarded in Vienna. EUROSOLAR and EUROSOLAR Austria present this year’s winners on Saturday, 18 November 2017, at the venue of Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky).

Call on Spain, Catalonia and the EU to negotiate the affirmation of a new and renewable energy based Catalonia

Bonn, 22 October 2017 – We call on Spain and the EU to immediately step back from confrontation and allow democracy to rule and respect the will of the Catalonian people. This is the true meaning and realisation of the European Union: the softening of national boundaries and the strengthening of regional cultural, ecological and economical realms. Let's also not let a good independence movement go to waste: and make sure the Catalonian and other European movements towards cultural affinity and regional self-determination are supported and endowed with a deeper existential meaning: the turn from nuclear and fossil energy. Herein lies the real promise and deep rationale of an independent Catalona, Scottland, Lombardia or Bavaria: the ability to not only shed the antiquated notion of national states and fixed if arbitrary boundaries, but also the reconstruction of a resilient, peaceful and united Europe - a renewable Union of Regions.

EUROSOLAR applauds ICAN being awarded with Nobel Peace Prize

Resolution of the Board of EUROSOLAR Germany endorsed by the EUROSOLAR Executive Council Bonn, 9 October 2017 – EUROSOLAR e.V. welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the anti-nuclear campaign ICAN and congratulates the organization for this honor. It focuses the attention on the madness of nuclear weapons. The struggle against nuclear weapons and the struggle against the nuclear economy and its nuclear power plants are two sides of the same coin.