Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017

Deadline for submission: 16 August 2017, 23:59 CET

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, were adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and injustice, and safeguard our planet. To achieve the 17 goals over the next 15 years, governments, the private sector and civil society must all play their part.

Recognizing that the opportunities for enterprises to impact sustainable development vary across industries, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals call for collaboration – Global Goal 17. The Community Solar Innovation Awards represent a visionary partnership across business sectors to lift people out of energy poverty and support community.


  • For profit business and not-for-profit entrants from developing nations around the world.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Application of solar technology in a productive way
  • Have the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
  • Be locally-driven or locally-led
  • Deliver social, environmental and economic benefits
  •  Main activities and origin in non-OECD country and non-EU member state
  • Entrants cannot be accepted who are sanctioned parties or from sanctioned countries prohibited by the laws of the United Kingdom, the United States, or other applicable jurisdictions.


The ten winners of the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards will each receive a package of tailored support consisting of:

Peer-to-Peer networking session: each winner will be invited to attend a peer-to-session to be held in South Africa, where they will be able to meet others facing similar challenges and learn from their experiences to grow their own business.
Capacity Building: one-on-one support and mentorship providing each winner with individual assistance with their business and financial plans.
Legal Advice: law firm Hogan Lovells will provide up to USD30,000-worth of legal advice for each winner*.

*Please see Terms & Conditions
Profiling: a high-level awards ceremony in South Africa, as well as additional marketing and promotional activities by SEED, Barefoot, and Hogan Lovells.
Replication Support: Each winner will receive support from SEED to replicate their business model in other regions around the world.
Financing: Hogan Lovells will provide USD10,000 to one overall winner to cover the organization’s most pressing needs. The details to be agreed in a support plan between the winner and the firm.



Stage 1: Submission of the application form – before 16 August 2017, 23:59 CET

Stage 2: Selection of shortlisted applicants – end of September 2017

Stage 3: Submission of Additional information – mid-October 2017

Stage 4: Winner Selection – December 2017

Stage 5: Award Ceremony – March 2018


Application Process

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