Eurosolar, the European Solar Energy Association, awards the European Solar Prizes annually to inspiring renewable energy projects. The award categories include: cities, municipalities or municipal utilities; solar architecture; media; education; one-world cooperation and the special award for extraordinary individual commitment.
Exceptional innovative projects and initiatives for the use of renewable energies are honoured in various categories, and receive the associated prestige and publicity.
Winners are selected from the entrants for the national Solar Prizes in each country and from applications directly received at Eurosolar. The prizes are awarded by Eurosolar in association with the KfW banking group.
Eurosolar awards the National and the European Solar Prizes to municipalities, municipally-owned entities, individuals, engineers, architects, owners of installations using renewable energies, and to organisations that rendered an outstanding service to the application of renewable energies.
Applications are made under the different prize categories using the online form on the EuroSolar website.
Alternatively, applications may be sent by email or post. Materials provided should be in digital formats (such as CD-ROM or USB stick).
Applications and/or proposals should include:
- Full contact details including contact name
- Project name/title
- Abstract (max. 1,500 characters including blank spaces)
- Application category of choice
- Supporting documentation (such as photographs, brochures, schematic diagrams, newspaper articles, videos)
The abstract is a significant part of the application and should set out the goals and innovative aspects of the project. Ideally, the submission will also include key figures, such as the percentage of consumption generated from renewable sources or mention of the technology used. In the case of architectural objects, submissions should specify the usable area, energy needs, portion of demand covered by renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and the place/address.