Apply: Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 ($10,000 and more)

Apply: Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 ($10,000 and more)

Deadline: August 23, 2017

Hogan Lovells invites applications for the Community Solar Innovation Awards. The Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 recognizes and supports outstanding eco-inclusive businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing countries that use solar energy or technologies to benefit lives in poor communities, and that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level.

Does your business or not-for-profit organization use solar energy or solar technology to improve the lives of poor communities, especially for women and girls? Is it eco-inclusive, delivering environmental and social benefits? Does it involve and meet the needs of local communities? Does it need financial and business support in order to meet its full potential? If the answer is “yes” then APPLY NOW for the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017.

Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions and governments across the spectrum of their business and legal issues globally and locally. It has over 2,500 lawyers in more than 45 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States.


Sponsored and supported by international law firm Hogan Lovells, there are ten Awards available to the successful winners. All ten Winners can win tailored support services consisting of capacity building, pro bono legal support, profiling by Hogan Lovells, SEED & Barefoot College and support in replicating your enterprise in other region. Also, one overall winner will receive financial contribution of USD 10,000.

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.


  • Open to business and not-for-profit entrants from developing nations around the world (non-OECD & non-EU member states)
  • They must be locally-led and significantly help the lives of women and girls, particularly those which focus on gender equality or female empowerment.

Judging Criteria

All potential proposals to carefully read each of the criteria below before submitting an application. Any application will be considered as long as it meets these criteria.

Submissions which do not meet ALL of the eligibility criteria will be disqualified by the Judges.

  • 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.


There are two ways to apply for the Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017

  1. Fill out the online application form.
  2. Download the PDF application form, fill it completely and send to [email protected]

For more information, visit Community Solar Innovation Awards.