• IRES 2018
    13-15 March 2018
    12th International
    Renewable Energy

    7th Energy Storage

  • ESP 2017
    18th November
    Solar Prize 2017
    Award Ceremony
    and Symposium

    Vienna, Austria

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The Renewable Energy Association of Turkey (EUROSOLAR Turkey) organizes the annual International 100% Renewable Energy Conference (IRENEC). The results of the conference in May 2016 have now been summarized in a conference resolution:

Economy is the determinant parameter for the transition to renewable energy (RE). In 2015 renewable energy investments accounted for more than 50% of the total new installed capacity worldwide. More than USD 250 billion was invested in RE. Even with the fossil fuels subsidies in total USD 500 billion, RE has become mainstream. The conventional power utilities had to transform their business strategy to RE, they’ve realized that they would not be able to survive otherwise. China has become the world leader in RE. Other leading countries like Denmark and Germany are getting reorganised to make the best use of efficient deployment in their countries.

The transition to 100% RE by replacing conventional fuel is a long journey. Energy is not just electricity, to reach the 100% RE target we need to convert the electricity system, but also the heating and cooling system and the transportation system. More attention should be paid to efficiency and the heating sector, both for buildings and industry. It is still not clear what the energy source the transportation will be based in the future. Bioenergy accounts for the biggest share of RE used in the world, and will remain so in the future. We should also pay attention to biomass, not only to wind power and solar photovoltaic. There are differences about RE support (especially with regard to bioenergy) among countries and also among RE support organisations and institutions.

RE is decentralised by nature, in contrast to nuclear energy and fossil-fuels. For RE implementation the active participation of decision makers is very important. Energy policies change constantly, depending on who is in the government. Large penetration of RE is possible if the decision makers are on the solution side; e.g. it is approximately 40% in Denmark. RE became economically attractive, as proved during the last wind power tender in Morocco ended with 2.8 eurocents/kWh and the last solar power tender in Dubai which ended with 2.99 USD dollar cent/kWh.

The involvement of communities and distribution of benefits throughout the local communities is a necessity for effective implementation of RE projects. Since climate change is a global concern we need to figure out how to speed up the global transition to 100% RE. The conference participants confirm that the priority in energy is energy end-use efficiency to reduce the size of the problem and work further 100% RE target.

To reach this target there are factors to be considered and measures to be taken by each community, town, city and country such as:

  1. Stakeholders involvement,
  2. Smart grids development (for restructuring of grid to allow higher penetration of renewable energy and effective end-use efficiency),
  3. Renewable Energy storage (in order to free the solutions based on “100% renewable energy” from the problems based on “fossil fuel and nuclear”)
  4. Education and training of enough expert teams that have sufficient capacity for the overall transition of the energy system from fossil fuels to RE,
  5. Following preconditions for the RE use (1) the right to connect to the grid, (2) the grid operator to be obliged to buy electricity from all producers, (3) fair and guaranteed electricity prices.

Regarding education, we cannot wait for the children to be educated and become adults to change the energy system and mitigate climate change. It is an urgent change we need! It is our responsibility! The technology is available and affordable; we have the solutions to do it. There is no excuse not to do it now. RE is not the energy of the future, it is the energy of today! We should be flexible and talented enough to make the most of the RE for the common good of the society and the well-being of future generations. Joined efforts from many individuals, communities and other stakeholders of the sector will be indispensable.

Further information can be found online at http://www.irenec.org/eng/.


30 September 2017

Austrian Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of Austrian Solar Prize

14 October 2017

German Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of German Solar Prize in Wuppertal, Germany

10 November 2017

Participation in sustainable cities – locally and globally

COP 23 – The world climate conference takes place in Bonn and we are getting involved!

18 November 2017

European Solar Prize

Award Ceremony of European Solar Prize in Vienna, Austria

20 November 2017


Symposium as a supplement to the conference (in german)

13-15 March 2018

IRES 2018

12th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) and 7th Energy Storage Europe (ESE) in Düsseldorf, Germany


World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)


World Council for Renewable Energy

The independent World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) was founded to consider and deal amongst others with the increasing global energy demand, the comprehensive impacts, climate hazards, burdens to the environment, risk of accidents, conflicts around exhausting resources and focus new investments on Renewable Energy and energy efficiency.

European Solar Prize

  • Award Ceremony of the European Solar Prize 2017 and Symposium 'The Energy Transition in Europe'

    Saturday, 18 November 2017, TU the Sky, Vienna

    Promoting the successful implementation of renewable energies – with this intention EUROSOLAR has been honoring cities, municipalities, architects, communal and private companies, associations, organizations and cooperatives, journalists and, of course, citizens who actively support the energy transition with the Solar Prizes for 24 years. Pioneers and leaders are put into the focus of public attention and illustrate how the realistic and practicable use of renewable energy is possible and how it contributes to the complete transformation of the energy system.

    Towards the end of each year, the award winners are invited to a celebratory event in a European city. Having previously been held in Prague and Barcelona, this year’s edition of the European Solar Prize will be awarded in Vienna. We are pleased to present this year's award winners together with EUROSOLAR-Austria on Saturday afternoon, 18 November 2017, at Technical University Vienna TU the Sky.

    In the morning, a symposium will be held on the topic 'The Energy Transition in Europe'. The speakers will present and discuss potentials and conclusions for a sustainable European energy system in the fields of solar architecture, urban planning, energy economy and energy politics. A visit of the buildings of the Technical University will take place just before the symposium.

    We would like to invite you to be part of the award ceremony and the exciting symposium. Both events are free of charge. We look forward to welcome you in Vienna!



    9:00 - 10:00 Visit of the buildings of Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky)

    10:00 Arrival, Registration, Coffee & Piano Music

    10:15 Welcome
    Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR

    10:30 - 12:30 Symposium 'The Energy Transition in Europe'
    moderated by Wolfgang Hein, EUROSOLAR Austria

    Principles of Sustainable Architecture and the Use of Renewable Energy
    Prof. Karin Stieldorf, TU Vienna
    Best Practice Examples of Solar Architecture in Europe
    Astrid Schneider, Austrian Institute of Technology
    Immediate Urban and Regional Tasks in the Energetic Reconstruction of Europe
    Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR
    Perspectives for a Sustainable European Energy Policy
    Stephan Grüger, Member of the Hessian Parliament, EUROSOLAR
    Perspectives for a Sustainable European Energy Economy
    Prof. Stefan Schleicher, University of Graz (tbc)


    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break & Piano Music

    Arrival, Registration

    14:00 - 17:00 Award Ceremony of the European Solar Prize 2017
    moderated by Wolfgang Hein, EUROSOLAR Austria

    Prof. Sabine Seidler, TU Vienna (tbc)
    Dr. Hans Otto Schmidt, EUROSOLAR Austria
    Mag. Thomas Reindl, City of Vienna

    N.N., Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

    Presentation of this year's Award Winners
    moderated by Prof. Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR

    17:00 - 18:00 Get Together & Piano Music


    Getreidemarkt BA Hochhaus

    Technical University Vienna (TU the Sky)
    Getreidemarkt 9
    1060 Vienna, Austria




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  • About the European Solar Prize

    The European Solar Prize Award was established in 1994 by EUROSOLAR in cooperation with its national sections. It has since been handed out every year 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. With the Solar Prize EUROSOLAR recognizes outstanding commitment to renewable energy.

    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 different European countries.

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