2015 – Jeremy Leggett

On the theme The Energy Transition – Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency

In 2015 the award was shared equally between Beate Weber-Schuerholz and Peter Hennicke from Germany, and Jeremy Leggett from England.

Jeremy Leggett is an English businessman, opinion-former, and the founding director of Solarcentury, one of the first companies offering solar cells to the market. Thanks to Jeremy Leggett’s entrepreneurship and endurance, Solarcentury is today Great Britain’s largest, privately owned solar cell company. Among other things, the company handles installations for IKEA within their pilot project to sell solar cell packages. Solarcentury also donates part of its profit to Solar Aid, an organisation founded by Leggett in 2006 with the purpose of providing access to solar-driven lamps in countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Senegal. Solar Aid is today the world’s largest distributor of solar-driven lamps.

His commitment is broad, ranging from writing books, driving campaigns to having the position as chairman in Carbon Tracker (a financial think tank analysing climate risk in capital markets).

Jury's motivation

This year’s prize in the area of solar energy is awarded to Jeremy Leggett and this year’s prize in the field of energy efficiency is awarded to Peter Hennicke and Beate Weber-Schuerholz.

Jeremy Leggett is a successful businessman working tirelessly for renewable energy/solar energy. He has through his long and devoted involvement in solar energy, stimulated both debate and global influence for a sustainable energy development.