Finalists for Solar Summit Awards in Sustainability, Gender Equality and Start Up Innovation

Today, the 2021 finalists for the three SolarPower Summit Awards were announced, including a range of impressive companies, pushing the sector forward in terms of sustainability, gender equality, and innovation. Voting for the winner will take place during the SolarPower Summit from 10–12 May.


The Solar Sustainability Award is dedicated to companies making an exceptional effort towards sustainability in solar. The Finalists are as follows:

Akuo works on Agrinergie®; storage; floating solar; solar tiles; and mobile power generation units that are particularly well-suited to isolated areas, in cyclone-prone regions or non-grid-connected parts of the world.

Fronius: the Austrian photovoltaic manufacturer, active in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics and battery charging technology.

Statkraft develop and operate renewable energy assets within hydropower and solar supplying district heating as well as buying and selling energy.


The Solar Gender Champion Award recognises outstanding work on gender equality in the solar workplace. The finalists include:

IKEA, a global home furnishing brand that brings affordability, design and comfort to people all over the world with a ‘People and Planet Positive’ strategy.

Sonnedix is a leading global solar Independent Power Producer (IPP) with a track record in delivering high-performance, cost-competitive solar photovoltaic plants to the market.

Remote Energy a not-for-profit organization, provides customized solar electric curriculm development, training, and educational programs. They partner with organizations looking to use renewable energy to address issues relating to jobs, health, clean water, education, gender equality, and poverty.


The Solar Startup Award celebrates companies that are spearheading solar innovations.  For the fourth year in a row, SolarPower Europe is looking for the world’s brightest solar business ideas. The finalists are:

HighLine Technology GmbH’s main focus is to reduce material consumption in the PV-industry. They also develop dispensing solutions for further production industries and thier engineers cover the whole package from construction, integration to process application.

Insolight’s photovoltaic modules relies on a unique patented technology called planar optical micro-tracking. Embedded under the cover glass, an optical layer funnels concentrated light beams directly onto an array of high efficiency solar cells. The integrated tracking system keeps each cell in focus regardless of the Sun’s position.

SmartHelio Sarl brings light without heat, thanks to a creative learning-based combination of digital and physical technology, they focus on smart technologies in solar.

Urban Sympheny AG empowers the planners and managers of buildings and local areas to drive the global energy transition. The SaaS platform supports optimized energy planning and management of sites from a building to a neighborhood to an entire city.