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The Project

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The European Solar Days initiative aims at raising public awareness for intelligent energy solutions, especially for Solar Thermal heating and cooling and for Photovoltaic electricity production.


As a result of the previous IEE-funded project “European Solar Day” (EIE/07/170/S12.466794), this initiative is already one of the largest awareness raising campaigns in the area of renewable energy in Europe. From 15 to 22 May 2010, over 500 000 European citizens participated in celebrations and events endorsed by the European Solar Days. In the long term, this annual campaign has the potential to mobilize in almost every Member State a broad network of partners promoting in a very concrete way (open door events, educational activities, showcasing, events and festivals etc.) the use of renewable energies.  


Additionally, the European Solar Days have also proven to be an extremely cost-effective form of campaigning. In fact, hundreds of events were organised in a very short time through the social marketing approach and the involvement of relevant associations and networks at national and local level. 


Building on the existing network and experience, this project  foresees the extension of the European Solar Days to at least 21 countries in 2013 (compared with 15 countries in 2009).


To reach the European target of 20% of the total energy demand covered by renewable in 2020, it is crucial to inform citizens on climate change and on the potential offered by solar technologies.  Even though information on climate change is widespread in some countries, there is still an important need to promote solar energy  in support of the solar market development.

Project partners


European Solar Thermal Industry Federation - ESTIF
Project Coordinator

Pedro Dias
Place du Champ de Mars 2
1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 318 40 60

With members in19 European countries ESTIF represents the interest of the whole supply chain, from manufacturing to installation and components, also including research and test institutes, consultants, and national solar thermal associations. As the voice of the solar thermal sector, ESTIF is the trusted source of information, advice and expertise for all stakeholder members; sets the strategic direction of the industry and influences public policies; assists in the elaboration of European standards and certification schemes and campaigns for increased R&D funds through the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform)


European Photovoltaic Industry Association - EPIA
European Communicator

Benjamin Fontaine
Rue d’Arlon 69-71
1040 Brussels
Phone: +32  2 709.55.20
Fax: +32 2 725.32.50

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) is the world's largest industry association devoted to the solar electricity market. The association aims to promote photovoltaics at the national, European and worldwide levels and to assist its members in the development of their businesses in both the European Union and in export markets.


ApE - Agencija za prestrukturiranje energetike d.o.o.
Natasa Lambergar
Litijska 45
1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (01) 586 38 81
Fax: +386 (01) 586 38 79

Energy Restructuring Agency (ApE) is one of the leading Slovenian independent consulting companies in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Our range of services include energy demand analyses, execution of energy concepts, feasibility studies, master plans, concept engineering, project management, financing and supervision and promotional activities and research work on the field of energy etc.


Cristina Mateos
Avenida del Doctor Arce, 14
28002 Madrid

The Spanish Solar Thermal Industry Association, nongovernmental and non-profit, founded on 21 April 2004, is a forum for the sector to debate ideas and develop activities with for objective the improvement and growth of the Solar Thermal Energy Sector in Spain.  It also brings together companies operating in Spain in the sector; disseminates information on the use of solar thermal energy; promote and coordinate product certification to guarantee quality; represents the interests of its members at the highest levels



Associação Portuguesa da Indústria Solar
Joana Freitas
Av. das Forças Armadas, nº 4, 3º E
1600-082 Lisbon
Phone: +351 219 260 920

Portuguese Solar Themal Industry Association


Ambiente Italia
Riccardo Battisti
Via Vicenza 5/a
00185 Rome
Phone: +39 349 4277098

Ambiente Italia is a research and consulting company operating in the fields of environmental analysis, planning and design;  conducting training courses and also managing communication campaigns. .Ambiente Italia is a leading partner in many European networks.  Since its foundation, 20 years ago,  Ambiente Italia has completed more than 1,100 assignments for a number of local administrations, EU institutions, Italian Public Administrations and Agencies, research institutes, Italian and worldwide Universities, as well as for many private businesses.


CzRea Solartec, s.r.o.
Nataliya  Derevyanko
Americká 17
120 00 Prague
Czech Republic

The NGO  Czech RE Agency was established in April 21st 2004 and was founded on 31 May 2004. Its  main objective is development of renewable energy sources, creation and support of projects concerning the strategy of sustainable style of life and development and cooperation with other partners in this area.

  Czech RE Agency

DSF - Dansk Solvarme Forening
Klaus Ellehauge

The Danish Solar Association's mission is to generally to support and promote the development and application of solar heating in Denmark on an economically and sustainable basis by supporting initiatives which generally aims to boost demand for solar; elaborating, respectively, raise awareness of solar and promoting use of solar energy in buildings and research and development of solar; communicating opportunities for using solar heating for politicians and regulators and ensuring appropriate prioritization of solar energy in the drafting of relevant legislation.


EC BREC Institute for Renewable Energy
Aneta Wiecka
Mokotowska 4/6 str.
00-641 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 825-46-52
Fax: +48 22 875 86 78

The Institute for Renewable Energy (EC BREC IEO) was founded in 2001. Its mission is to bring modern technologies to the market . The key clients of the Institute’s products and services are small and medium size enterprises, local authorities, corporative clients (e.g. due-diligence) and independent RES energy producers (e.g. feasibility studies). The institute also performs think-tank services for public administration in the are of evaluation of RES impact on the economy or the environment.


Philippe Gay
515 avenue de la Tramontane
13 600 LA CIOTAT
Phone: +33 442 32 43 20
Fax: +33 442 08 44 94

ENERPLAN is the French solar professional association. Enerplan aims to develop solar thermal and photovoltaic in France. Our missions are to promote solar energy, to support solar professionals and to structure solar activities.


Holland Solar
Saskia ‘t Hart
Korte Elisabethstraat 6
3511 JG Utrecht
Phone: 0031 30 2328008
Fax: 0031 30 2341176

Holland Solar is the Dutch Solar Trade association. The members are active in the field of solar thermal energy and photovoltaic energy. The organization currently has more than 100 members from architect, to installer, to energy provider and of course suppliers (of parts) of solar energy systems. The association is a platform to exchange knowledge among her members and tries to influence local and national politics in favor of solar energy.

  Holland Solar

Judit Varga
Kossuth u.13
3525 Miskolc
Phone: +36 88 427 792
Fax: +36 88 427 792

Since 1997, the Hungarian Network of Eco-counselling Offices brings together environmental NGOs providing with free eco-counselling to the public. Today 19 organizations have joined the Network of Eco-counselling Offices.
The goal of the network, through trainings, database development and enhancing counselling using the Internet is to coordinate the offices’ activities, to provide a more efficient advice to citizens in solving their environmental problems. The other main activities of the Network are keeping up-to date databases, publishing informational fact-sheets, leaflets, booklets and organizing events (lectures, forums, press-events, exhibitions). 
The trained eco-counsellors can help people obtain data, information more rapidly to solve their problems.


Norsk solenergiforening
Åse Lekang Sørensen
General Secretary 
P O Box 115
2026 Skjetten
Tel:  +47 45268682 

Norwegian Solar Energy Society aims to promote increased use of solar energy and is working actively to get the authorities to facilitate a better utilization of solar energy. Many of our members are affiliated with institutions and companies that develop solar energy technologies through research, product development, education, marketing, etc.
Norwegian Solar Energy Society is affiliated to the International Solar Energy Society (iced), which has members in more than 100 countries

  Norsk solenergiforening

ODE-Vlaanderen vzw
Jo Neyens
Koningsstraat 35
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 218 87 47

ODE Vlaanderen, the Flemish Agency for Sustainable Energy, the sectororganization for sustainable energy in the Region. ODE organize consultations between renewable energy companies and withthe government, through consultation platforms by renewable energy. From this ODE networking will contribute to concrete policy proposals for the development of renewable energy. ODE Vlaanderen is primarily an industry organization with over 300 members.

  ODE - Organisatie duurzame energie

SkRea Slovak RE Agency
Finkova Barbora
Prepoštská 8
811 01 Bratislava
Tel.: +421 907 516 852

The Slovak Renewable Energy Agency (SKREA) was established in 2006 to support the development of the renewable energy sources (RES) in Slovakia, mainly specialised in the area solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.
Its main activities are focused on the organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; providing advice and Legislation support; International co-operation; education as well as publication and promotional work

  Slovak RE Agency

17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH
Christian Schrefel
Mariahilfer Straße 89/22
1060 Wien
Phone: +43-1-581 13 27
Fax: +43-1-581 13 27-18

17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH (17&4 Consulting Ltd.) is a consulting enterprise for Sustainable Development projects following the intentions of the AGENDA 21. The main fields of action of 17&4 are sustainable building and energy, participation and applied ecology. 17&4 has a long-time experience in adult education and vocational training, consulting, transdisciplinary research and project management and has managed and participated in various projects on national and international level in the stated work areas. 17&4 has 6 employees, managing directors are Christian Schrefel and DI Johannes Fechner.

  17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH