EUROSOLAR established the European Solar Prize in 1994 to celebrate renewable energy pioneers across Europe – and world-wide. Since then, the European Solar Prize has been awarded to more than 400 local and international actors from all parts of society. The award recognises towns and municipalities, communities, associations or organizations, architects, journalists and dedicated individuals. The European Solar Prize connects people who are paving the way to a renewable future with their innovation, commitment and work to implement the rapid energy transition to 100% renewable energy.
The Dawn of the New Energy Age: European Solar Prize 2023
Each year EUROSOLAR awards the most innovative renewable energy projects of Europe-wide and even global importance.
“The European Solar Prize celebrates living, resilience and prosperity building models in the peaceful international cooperation to defeat humankind’s greatest threat: fossil climate chaos. It is therefore also the flagship program in EUROSOLAR’s Regenerative Earth Decade initiative.” declares Professor Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR and Chairman of the Jury.
Renewable Energy Diversity
In order to celebrate the diversity of successful renewable energy applications, EUROSOLAR awards the ESP in ten categories from municipalities to One-World-Cooperation, mobility solutions, solar architecture, urban development, businesses as well as projects, organisations and individuals in education and the media. An international expert jury chooses the winners for each year.
European Solar Prize Applications and Nominations
All projects must be realized and show tangible results. The key part of the application is a presentation highlighting aims, figures and benefits. Depending on the category, details on the approach, technologies, users, renewable energy production, financial benefits, or other core information may be important. Further information on the application and the jury’s evaluation criteria can be found here.
The recording of the award ceremony 2021/22
The European Solar Prize 2021/22 – broadcast from Amsterdam on EUROSOLAR TV!
EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy, and EUROSOLAR Netherlands awarded the European Solar Prize 2021/2022 on 2 December 2021 to individuals and institutions who have made outstanding contributions of Europe-wide significance in the transition to decentralised renewable energy supply. An international jury of experts, drawn from disciplines across science and society, has selected the winners from a large pool of excellent nominations and submissions. The Prize is a flagship program in EUROSOLAR’s Regenerative Europe Decade.
The winner projects will be presented during the award ceremony through interviews, presentations and films. Speakers are expected to include Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament, and Amsterdam Alderwoman for Sustainability and Spatial Development, Marieke van Doornick. Prof. Peter Droege will moderate the event. The European Solar Prize is sponsored by the C&U Baumeister Foundation for Sustainable Technology.
EUROSOLAR awards solar prizes in various categories that reflect the diverse areas of the energy transition.
a) Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities
b) Solar architecture and sustainable design
The Solar Prize is awarded to architects, planning offices, housing associations, cities or other institutions that develop innovative concepts for the use of renewable energies in individual buildings or districts. The focus is on design and structural implementation.
c) Industrial and commercial companies or farmers
The Solar Prize is awarded to industrial companies, cooperatives and farms that promote the market integration of renewable energies through their business model or cover their own energy needs through innovative regenerative concepts.
d) Local or regional associations and organizations
The Solar Prize is awarded to associations and communities with a local or regional focus that promote grassroots use and distribution of renewable energy in the region.
e) Owners or operators of renewable energy installations
The Solar Prize is awarded to operators or owners of decentralized renewable energy systems that supply private buildings, industrial enterprises, or educational institutions, or feed electricity into the grid. This includes solar parks and small wind farms.
f) Transport and mobility
The Solar Prize is awarded for vehicles and transport solutions with climate-friendly technology, as well as sustainable and integrated mobility concepts for public and private transport.
The Solar Prize is awarded to journalists, publicists, agencies or filmmakers who discuss and promote renewable energies in their work on TV, radio, online or in print.
h) Education and vocational training
The Solar Prize is awarded to institutions, initiatives or individuals who provide education and training in the field of renewable energies and inform about it.
i) One world cooperation
The Solar Prize is awarded to projects, initiatives or organizations that use renewable energies to promote socially and ecologically sustainable development.
j) Special achievement
Members of the jury 2021/22
Claus Baumeister, Tetra Systems, EUROSOLAR Trustee
Dr. Axel Berg, Chair, EUROSOLAR Germany
Gallus Cadonau, Director, Solar Agency, Switzerland
Professor Eliana Cangelli, University of Rome, Chair, EUROSOLAR Italy
Professor Peter Droege, EUROSOLAR President, Jury Chair
Nikos Fintikakis, International Union of Architects VP RII, Greece
Johannes Hegger, Hegger Hegger Schleiff Architects, Germany
Wolfgang Hein, Chair, EUROSOLAR, Austria
Dr. Panos Mantziaras, Director, Fondation Braillard, Switzerland
Jennifer McIntosh, Executive Secretary, ISES, Germany
Dr. Josep Puig, Chair, EUROSOLAR Catalonia and Spain
Fabian Stichtenoth, RE Student, Fridays for Future Germany