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Saving the World with Renewables: European Solar Prize awarded in 8 categories

Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). EUROSOLAR presents eight pioneering projects for the European energy revolution: Today the European Association for Renewable Energies and its Luxembourgian section honoured eight nominees from six different countries with the European Solar Prize 2019 at the Campus Belval in Luxembourg’s picturesque Esch-sur-Alzette. The prize was awarded in the categories municipalities, solar architecture, commercial companies, local or regional associations, education and vocational training and one world cooperation as well as for special achievement. Promising examples of actors, who demonstrate that the European energy transition is already successfully being put into practice ‘from below‘, are this year’s award winners.

In his welcoming address, Henri Kox, former head of EUROSOLAR Luxembourg and newly designated Minister of Housing, stated: “The Energy Transition is a major challenge for our society. It can only be achieved when we pool our efforts and our ideas, learn from each other and work together to make lasting changes. Only then will we create a sustainable future. I welcome you all to find inspiration from our renewable energy pioneers today.”

In his opening speech, Prof. Peter Droege, president of EUROSOLAR e.V. pointed out the importance of civic dedication to the energy revolution: “I am glad that today we were able to honour people who are working on solutions for local and regional energy system transformations. Whether it is a church, industry or youth movement: all prize winners have innovations in common that are practical and sustainable. Their projects serve as forward-looking examples of renewable energies in Europe”

Prior to the awarding, Prof. Stéphane Pallage Rector of the University of Luxembourg emphasized the key role universities play in the fight against climate change and for the energy transition. Prof. Susanne Siebentritt from the University of Luxembourg gave an insight into research and development in the field of renewable energy. After a lively discussion with speakers and audience, Prof. Peter Droege presented the proud award winners. The evening ended in a relaxed atmosphere with drinks, snacks and informal chat.

The European Solar Prize 2019 will be awarded to eight laureates:

Category: Towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities
• Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland
Outstanding joint commitment to a sustainable community life

Category: Solar architecture and urban planning
The High School for Health Professionals, Luxembourg
First public school in Luxembourg built to the ambitious technical standard of a Positive Energy Building

Category: Industrial and commercial companies or farmers
Industrial Solar GmbH, Germany
Innovative solar process steam generation for industrial heating and cooling

Category: Local or regional associations / organisations
Schoonschip, Netherlands
Sustainable floating neighbourhood in Amsterdam based on the shared use of renewable resources

Category: Owners and operators of renewable energy installations
The church St. Franziskus Ebmatingen, Switzerland
Role model for harnessing the solar potential of churches

Category: Education and vocational training
International student residence “mineroom”, Austria
Raising students’ awareness of sustainable living based on renewable energies

Category: One World Cooperation
SUNfarming GmbH, Germany
Combining the production of green electricity and food for and with local communities

Category: Special achievement prize for individual commitment
• Fridays For Future, International
Creating a world-wide youth movement advocating the immediate need to tackle climate change

In previous years the award ceremony took place in Bonn, hometown of EUROSOLAR e.V., Vienna, Barcelona and Prague. Since 1994, the prize has been awarded annually to municipalities, municipal companies, associations and organisations, architects, journalists and private individuals in cooperation with the national sections of EUROSOLAR. The award recognises the dedication and inventiveness of regional players and provides new impetus for a regenerative and decentralised energy revolution in Europe.

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Members of the Jury
Prof. Peter Droege President of EUROSOLAR, Principality of Liechtenstein
Dr. Axel Berg EUROSOLAR Germany
Gallus Cadonau Solar Agency Switzerland
Prof. Eliana Cangelli EUROSOLAR Italy
Johannes Hegger hhs architects, Germany
Andre Langwost EUROSOLAR France
Henri Kox EUROSOLAR Luxembourg
Jennifer McIntosh International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
Wolfgang Hein EUROSOLAR Austria
Prof. Jürgen Sachau University of Luxembourg