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Renewable Energy Magazine receives European Solar Prize 2010

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On Friday, Renewable Energy Magazine collected in Berlin the European Solar Prize ("Media" category), an award which Eurosolar gives each year in recognition of initiatives that promote the development of clean energy. In the inset, one of our directors, Luis Merino, proudly receives the European Solar Prize, flanked by Wolfgang Palz, Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, and Axel Nawrath, member of the KfW Managing Board (on the right).

Established in 1994, the annual European Solar Prize has been given to numerous towns, municipal enterprises, individuals and organisations for the outstanding service they have given to renewable energy in all its forms. This year, we are very proud to announce that Eurosolar handed us the European Solar Prize for Media on Friday. It is only the second time that a Spain-based publication has been recognised, the first being Era Solar in 2003 when it celebrated its twentieth anniversary. We have been given this year’s award at the same time as celebrating our tenth anniversary.

As on other occasions, the awards were handed out on Friday at KfW Bankengruppe's building in Berlin and brought together players from across the renewable energy sector to celebrate the most innovative and relevant initiatives and projects across the sector.

The European Solar Prize was awarded to the City of Munich (Germany), the Region of Puglia (Italy) and to Burgenland (Austria) in the "Towns/municipalities, council districts, public utilities" category; to the Banca della Maremma Credito Cooperativo di Grosseto (Italy) in the "Industrial and commercial companies or farmers" category; to Zermatt Bergbahnen AG (Switzerland) in the "Owners or operators of renewable energy installations" category; and to SOLAR IMPULSE SA (Bertrand Piccard & André Borschberg / Switzerland) in the "Transport and mobility" category. Professor Thomas B. Johansson (Sweden) received the special achievement prize for his distinguished contributions in the field of energy systems analysis, while Energías Renovables (Renewable Energy Magazine) joined Solarserver (Germany) in the "Media" category.

Unfortunately, for the first time in many years, Hermann Scheer was missed at the awards ceremony. Scheer, who founded Eurosolar in 1986, sadly died recently, and in his memory Energías Renovables has published an article in this month’s print version of the magazine celebrating the valuable contribution he made to the industry.

Our tenth year has been turbulent for everyone, including the renewables industry. Despite the difficult circumstances, there has been plenty of positive news we have been able to share with our readers through our three websites (Energías Renovables, amERica and Renewable Energy Magazine) and printed magazine, and the signs are that 2011 will be even brighter. We recently took on new writing staff and next year will also see us publishing the hundredth edition of our printed magazine.

Finally, as this year draws to a close, we are pleased to announce that we will be relaunching our websites with a completely new design, which will incorporate new services and functions in order to remain at the forefront of clean energy journalism. We look forward to continuing to provide you with all the latest on renewables into the next decade and beyond.

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