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    Solar Prize
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    of renewable energies

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On 23 November the European Solar Prize 2015 was presented in the course of festivities at the Waldstein Palace in Prague. This year, EUROSOLAR honored twelve nominees from seven different countries. The ceremony took place at the house of the Senate of the Czech Republic along with the Czech Solar Prize presentation.

In addition to the award presentation, an international panel performed talks and a debate on the ‘European Energy Future’. Consensus was found on the fact that the transition to renewable energy sources has to be the primary focus of a European energy policy to reduce the dependency on energy imports, eradicate social and economical imbalances and to prevent climate change. The specific experiences from different countries showed, that a successful transition to renewable energies has to take place in a decentralized way.

The featured candidates illustrate, that the European energy transition is already successfully being put into practice ‘from below‘. With the European Solar Prize EUROSOLAR wants to raise public awareness of these accomplishments for the necessity and opportunities that accompany the energy transition.

Winners of the European Solar Prize 2015:

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knezice biogasEnergy self-sufficient community Kněžice, Czech Republic

Outstanding commitment and role model function for renewable development in the Czech Republic


SUNSTORE 3SUNSTORE 3, Dronninglund Fjernvarme, Denmark

First demonstration of a full scale renewable heating concept with solar and seasonal storage in Denmark


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Aktiv StadthausAktiv-Stadthaus, ABG Frankfurt Holding, Germany

Centrally located building with 74 units which is currently the first and largest inner-city residential building to meet the energy-efficiency-plus housing standard


cavigelli238% Plus-Energy-Building, Cavigelli Engineers, Switzerland

Innovative technological energy concept with a self-sufficiency of 283%



Ghella OfficeGhella Office, RicciSpaini Architetti Associati, Alberto Raimondi, Italy

Energetic transformation of a heritage-protected building with keeping the original design


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SOLARierSOLARier - Gesellschaft für erneuerbare Energie, Austria

Longstanding commitment for the use of ecofriendly energy systems on private buildings in Austria


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ProGubenPro Guben - Verein für Energie und Umwelt, Germany

Outstanding effort for the use of renewable energy across borders and their fight against the Lausitz cole mine


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hardegger131% Plus-Energy-Buildung Refurbishment, Hardegger Immobilien, Switzerland

Plus-energy-building refurbishment which inserts structurally  into the historic townscape and its exemplary energy production, fulfilling the requirements for an energy revolution

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Electric bus routeElectriCity, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

Exemplary supply of public transport with renewable energy as part of a cooperation between city, industry and science


affentranger1Solarbagger, Affentranger Bau, Switzerland

World’s first 16-tons-solar excavator with electric motor and an energy supply from a PV-system on the operational building


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Geothermal System of Egyptian Museum of TurinGeothermal system of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, PROECO e Onleco, Italy

Conservation of the historic artwork through conditioning with the use of clean and renewable energy


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Kent SkaanningKent Skaanning, Denmark

Outstanding commitment for renewable energy as a pioneer of biogas and spokesman in Denmark


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 Future of 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 successfully 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 the venue of the Technical University Vienna TUtheSky.

    In the morning, a symposium will be held on the topic 'The Future of the Energy Transition in Europe'. The renowned 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 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. The registration and the detailed agenda will soon be published.

    We look forward to welcome you in 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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