Frequently asked questions
How can I apply?
Why should I apply?
Nevertheless, award winners benefit in a variety of ways:
- The Solar Prize is considered as an international seal of quality
- Guaranteed attention for the winning projects / initiatives by publicity in the media and the public
- Appreciation of award winners within the framework of a solemn award ceremony in an European city
- New possibilities are given for networking as well for making new contacts
What information does my application has to include?
- Full contact details, including contact name
- Name of project
- Abstract/project summary (max. 1,500 characters, including blanks, in English)
- Application category of choice
The abstract is a significant part of the application. The judges' first impression of the goals and innovative aspects of the submission will be based on it. Your application can be supplemented by additional documents (such as photographs, brochures, diagrams, newspaper articles, videos). Additional material may be sent by e-mail or post. Ideally, the submissions also include key figures (e.g. 40 % of the consumption is generated from renewable sources) or mention the technology used. In the case of architectural objects, please specify the usable area, energy needs, portion of demand covered by renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and the place/address.
What do I have to consider in my application?
Eligible projects are either fully completed or sufficiently advanced to provide first results. The Solar Prize will not be given in recognition of products, books or inventions.
Please pay attention to the quality of your documents. Please consider which informations and complementary materials are relevant for the assessment process and which are not. In your application, please make a clear reference to the evaluation criteria and describe the extent to which your project or initiative fulfills these requirements. It is also always an advantage, if you visualize your application with pictures and graphics so that the judges can get a better impression.
For technical reasons you can only upload one file with a maximum file size of 10 MB. If you wish to submit multiple items we recommend that you pack them in a zip file or combine them into one PDF file. If you wish to send in more extensive materials, kindly mail us a digital storage device.
How can I submit proposals?
How are applications and proposals assessed?
- Degree of innovation: How does the project differ from existing standard solutions in terms of creativity and originality?
- Exemplary character: How easily can the idea be transferred and applied by others? Does it encourage imitation?
- Commitment: To what extent did obstacles and resistance have to be overcome? How much commitment and willpower is behind it?
- Public effectiveness: Can the project or initiative be well presented in the media? How many people can be reached?
- Quality of application documents: Are the documents conclusive and plausible? Has reference to the evaluation criteria been taken?
How are the prize winners selected?
The individual prize winners are determined by a qualified jury, which is convened and put together by EUROSOLAR every year. The members of the jury are appointed on an objective basis and guarantee a practical and professional assessment of the incoming applications and proposals.
The European Solar Prize is awarded annually in addition to the national Solar Prizes of the various EUROSOLAR sections. The European Prize Winners will be determined from the applicants for the respective national Solar Prizes and the direct applications to EUROSOLAR.
After expiry of the application period, the EUROSOLAR head office reviews all applications and prepares the documents for the evaluation process. Afterwards, the prepared application documents are made available to the jury members electronically. In the framework of a joint meeting, the judges make final decisions on the award winners.
Description of prize categories
a) Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities
Towns, municipalities, council districts, public utilities with projects for the use of renewable energies in their administrative area. The solar prize is awarded for convincing and holistic measures/strategies in the field of renewable urban planning and energy supply.
b) Solar architecture and urban planning
Architectural and planning offices, housing associations, cities and other institutions that develop innovative concepts for the use of renewable energies in individual buildings or energy utilisation concepts for entire districts. The constructural aspect is in the foreground here.
c) Industrial and commercial companies or farmers
Industrial companies, companies, cooperatives and agricultural enterprises that contribute to the market integration of renewable energies through their business models or cover their own energy requirements through innovative regenerative utilisation concepts.
d) Local or regional associations/organizations
Associations and communities with a local or regional focus that promote the citizen-oriented and participatory use and dissemination of renewable energies in the region.
e) Owners or operators of renewable energy installations
Decentral renewable energy plants that supply private buildings, industrial companies, educational institutions or feeding electricity into the grid. PV ground-mounted systems and small wind farms included.
f) Transport and mobility
Vehicles and transport systems equipped with alternative and climate-friendly drives, as well as sustainable and integrated mobility concepts in the field of public transport and individual transport (e.g. car sharing concepts, e-charging infrastructures).
Journalists, publicists, agencies and filmmakers who focus on renewable energies through media channels such as television, radio, online or print media.
h) Education and vocational training
Institutions, initiatives and persons offering training and further education in the field of renewable energies and educating people in this respect.
i) One world cooperation
Projects, initiatives and organisations in the field of development cooperation that make a sustainable and holistic contribution with the help of renewable energies.
j) Special achievement prize for individual commitment
Longterm and outstanding personal commitment for the use and extension of renewable energy. In this category proposals for individuals are very welcome.
Applications and proposals must be received before the end of the respective application period. A selected panel of qualified judges, appointed by EUROSOLAR, will select the ultimate winning entries. The judges may assign projects to other categories than applied for, if necessary. No liability or responsibility is accepted by EUROSOLAR for materials sent in, including no recognition of any other legal claims associated therewith, such as the return of documents. All decisions are final.
EUROSOLAR fosters the public perception of the award winners through advertising initiatives in its networks and a festive ceremony. The partizipation in the European Solar Prize Award is free of charge. No prize money will be paid.
Confidential data from the applications will not be published by EUROSOLAR or passed on to third parties. Honoring texts and public information on the projects/initiatives are communicated and coordinated with the award winners before publication.
All private and public renewable energy installations, natural and legal persons and as well public bodies in Europe are eligible to participate. The applicant accepts with his/her application the statute of the Solar Prize.