Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) are proud to present the Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award, celebrating a major achievement in the United States solar energy marketplace by companies, people, and projects. This award recognizes the highest achievement for a PV solar energy project of any scale.
Projects must be operational to qualify and developed in the Northeast region of the United States. Installation must be completed in the 2015 calendar year.

Nomination Process

The application process is now closed. All applicants must start the online application process by 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Applicants will have until Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 11:59 PST to make any final year-end edits. The application asks for basic demographic information, details about the project, and at least two and up to five photographs.

  • Emailed, faxed, or mailed applications will not be accepted.
  • A submitter may nominate more than one project.
  • The winning nomination will submit details consistent with the judging criteria outlined below and will be project focused, not provider or company focused.
  • The award winner may be an individual organization or project team and may be a manufacturer, installer, developer, or financier.
  • The winning organization/team will receive at least three weeks’ notice and must be present at Solar Power PV Conference & Expo to accept the award, which will be announced on Thursday, February 24 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA.

*Photographs submitted as part of the application become the property of Solar Power PV Conference & Expo and may be reproduced for use at the event and future marketing.


Date Action
Monday, November 2, 2015 Call for Nominations opens
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Deadline for nominations is 11:59 pm PST
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Deadline for final edits is 11:59 pm PST
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Finalists receives notice
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Award presented at PV Conference & Expo – Boston
*Winner must be present to accept

Judging Criteria

Nominees will be judged based on collective benefit and impact, including criteria in the following categories:

  • Design – overcoming design challenges; innovation; aesthetics
  • Technology (for the components) – overcoming design challenges; innovation
  • Policy and Financing – optimum, creative or unusual approaches to policy/finance
  • Collaboration in the community and among sectors (public/private, schools, etc.)
  • Community Benefit – philanthropic; non-profit; low income
  • Community Project Development – does the project serve more than one user?
  • Can this business model or project approach be replicated?

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