SOLAR 2021: Empowering a Sustainable Future

50th Annual National Solar Conference

August 3-6, 2021 | University of Colorado Boulder & Online

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has opened up nominations for our annual awards and new fellows for their 50th Annual National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2021: Empowering a Sustainable Future. SOLAR 2021 will take place at the University of Colorado Boulder and online.

Each year at the National Solar Conference, ASES inducts new fellows and presents awards in various categories to honor outstanding research and advances in technology, policy, education, industry, as well as honoring student and volunteer leaders, all nominated by ASES members.

ASES is now accepting nominations for fellows and for the following awards to be presented at SOLAR 2021 in August: 

  • ASES Fellows ASES members who have served with distinction in the advancement of solar energy utilization by way of research, education, public service, and/or service to ASES.
  • Charles Greeley Abbot Award – Outstanding contributions to the advancement of solar energy through research and development (R&D).
  • Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award – Significant contribution(s) to the commercialization of a specific solar energy application, or a tool or tools that enable successful solar energy applications.
  • Leadership in Solar Architecture and Design Award – Outstanding contributions related to the use of solar, low-energy and sustainable building design strategies.
  • Rebecca Vories Award – Outstanding ASES volunteer who has significantly advanced ASES’ ability to meet its mission.
  • John & Barbara Yellott Award – Graduate student with recognized accomplishments concentrating on solar energy in an institution of higher learning.
  • Women in Solar Energy Award –  Outstanding woman for significant and long-time contributions in solar energy.
  • Leadership in Solar Policy and Market Transformation – Demonstration of extraordinary leadership and innovations in solar policy and market transformation crucial to the widespread adoption of solar and renewable energy and the ASES mission.

More detailed descriptions of each award can be found on the ASES Awards webpage. Nominations should be submitted through the ASES website. NOTE THAT THE PROCEDURES, NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS, CRITERIA, AND AWARD ELIGIBILITIES ARE CHANGED FOR THE 2021 AWARDS. All nominations now require a nomination form submission and two letters of support. Self-nominations are no longer allowed. All nominations must be made by a current ASES Member and submitted, including the completed (online) form, and seconding letters, no later than April 15, 2021.

Submit the nomination form on the corresponding awards webpage and send letters of support to Awards Committee Chair Larry Kazmerski at You can also contact if you have any questions or need additional information. 

A Fellows nomination is made by three members of ASES in good standing, at least one of whom is a Fellow. To submit a Fellows nomination, please send the letters of nomination to the ASES 2021 Fellows Committee at by April 15, 2021

ASES strongly encourages and sincerely appreciates your nominations, submissions and participation in this year’s ASES awards and Call for Participation. Your input as a member of the ASES community is valuable to the mission of enabling a 100% renewable energy society.

If you have a product or service that you are selling, you are invited to sponsor the conference to present at the Industry Round Table. Please visit or contact for more information on the available sponsorships

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