Applications are open for individuals as well as groups, communities and other corporate entities. You can submit your application in one of the following categories:
a) Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities
Towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities with projects for the use of renewable energies in their administrative area. The solar prize is awarded for convincing and holistic measures/strategies in the field of renewable urban planning and energy supply.
b) Solar architecture and urban planning
Architectural and planning offices, housing associations, cities and other institutions that develop innovative concepts for the use of renewable energies in individual buildings or energy utilisation concepts for entire districts. The constructural aspect is in the foreground here.
c) Industrial and commercial companies or farmers
Industrial companies, companies, cooperatives and agricultural enterprises that contribute to the market integration of renewable energies through their business models or cover their own energy requirements through innovative regenerative utilisation concepts.
d) Local or regional associations/organizations
Associations and communities with a local or regional focus that promote the citizen-oriented and participatory use and dissemination of renewable energies in the region.
e) Owners or operators of renewable energy installations
Decentral renewable energy plants that supply private buildings, industrial companies, educational institutions or feeding electricity into the grid. PV ground-mounted systems and small wind farms included.
f) Transport and mobility
Vehicles and transport systems equipped with alternative and climate-friendly drives, as well as sustainable and integrated mobility concepts in the field of public transport and individual transport (e.g. car sharing concepts, e-charging infrastructures).
Journalists, publicists, agencies and filmmakers who focus on renewable energies through media channels such as television, radio, online or print media.
h) Education and vocational training
Institutions, initiatives and persons offering training and further education in the field of renewable energies and educating people in this respect.
i) One world cooperation
Projects, initiatives and organisations in the field of development cooperation that make a sustainable and holistic contribution with the help of renewable energies.
j) Special achievement prize for individual commitment
Longterm and outstanding personal commitment for the use and extension of renewable energy. In this category proposals for individuals are very welcome.
Please note: Projects need to be completed or sufficiently advanced to provide first results to be eligible for the award. The Solar Prize is not awarded to products, books, single studies or inventions.
Please refer to the following evaluation criteria in your application:
- 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?
All entries will be submitted to a qualified jury. Participation is free of charge. For further information on how to apply please read the application-guidelines.