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Apply now for the European Solar Prize 2019

The European Solar Prize of EUROSOLAR enters the next round! Applications and proposals can be submitted quickly and easily online until 31 July 2019.

Apply for the European Solar Prize 2019

Cities, municipalities, architects, communal and private companies, associations, organizations and cooperatives, journalists and, of course, citizens who actively support the energy transition can apply. The call for entries takes place in the following prize 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).

g) Media

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: 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 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.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place in cooperation with EUROSOLAR Luxembourg on Friday, 15 November 2019, at Belval Campus in Luxembourg. The award ceremony will be supplemented by a content programme. We are looking forward to top-class guests such as Claude TURMES (Minister for the Energy) or Carole DIESCHBOURG (Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development). Please find the program flyer here.

Jury members

Prof. Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR, Principality of Liechtenstein
Urban and spatial planning
Dr. Axel Berg, EUROSOLAR Germany
Consulting and energy law
Gallus Cadonau, Solar Agency Switzerland
Prof. Eliana Cangelli, EUROSOLAR Italy
Architecture and urban planning
Johannes Hegger, hhs architects, Germany
Andre Langwost, EUROSOLAR France
Participation and financing
Henri Kox, EUROSOLAR Luxembourg
Energy Policy
Jennifer McIntosh, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
Communication and public relations
Wolfgang Hein, EUROSOLAR Austria
Economic co-operation and development


About the European Solar Prize

The European Solar Prize Award was established in 1994 by EUROSOLAR in cooperation with its national sections and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of renewable energy. It has since been handed out every year to more than 200 local actors overall who, by means of innovation and commitment, point the way into a renewable future. The award is adressed 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.

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 changing European countries.