Awards & Fellows

Each year, we honor individuals making significant contributions to ASES as well as general contributions within the field of solar and renewable energy.

SOLAR 2019 Annual Awards Banquet

Please link to nomination forms by clicking on each award.

The 2020 Awards and Fellows Ceremony was held at the virtual conference June 25. You can watch a recording of the 2020 ceremony online.

ASES confers seven separate awards annually, and regularly names new Fellows.

2020 award winners are listed/pictured below.


Any member of ASES who has been a member for at least ten consecutive years and has served with distinction in the advancement of solar energy utilization by way of research, education, public service, and/or service to ASES is eligible for nomination to the grade of Fellow of ASES. 2020 Inductees (in order from left to right): Stephen Kalland, Jan Kleissl, and Barbara Farhar


Charles Greeley Abbot Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to ASES or to the field of solar energy. No geographical limitations are imposed and the winner need not be a member of the society. 2020 Inductee: Dr. Frank E. Vignola

Leadership in Solar Architecture and Design Award Award

This award honors those in the passive field whose work has set the stage for others to follow. Honorees are those who developed the theories, research efforts, new concepts, and opportunities for later researchers to expand. Their foresight, innovative thinking, and creativity opened the doors for others. No geographical limitations are imposed, nor must nominees be members of the society. 2020 Inductee: Bruce T. Haglund

Rebecca Vories Award

This award recognizes special contributions to ASES. It honors those whose volunteer efforts have significantly advanced ASES’s ability to meet our mission. 2020 Inductee: David Comis

John and Barbara Yellott Award

The recipient of this award/scholarship must be a graduate student concentrating his or her program in the field of solar energy, and a current member of ASES. The student’s graduate program should emphasize solar and the application must include an explanation of the applicant’s future plans in the field. 2020 Inductee: Mr. Anishkumar Soman

Women in Solar Energy Award

The Women in Solar Energy Award honors a woman who has contributed significantly to the acceptance and advancement of women in solar through advocacy, politics, education, social change, business, or technical achievement. 2020 Inductee: Mia Devine

Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award

The primary requirement for this award is that the recipient has made a significant contribution to technology in any area of the solar energy field. Hottel Award nominees may have been involved in the development of useful analytical models; the discovery, development, or improvement of energy conversion processes; or the widespread implementation of solar energy technology. 2020 Inductee: Dr. Thomas Hoff

Leadership in Solar Policy and Market Transformation Award

Nominees for this Award will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and milestone innovations in solar policy and market transformation, rooted in the social sciences including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Politics, Psychology and Sociology or in related practices, such as, organizational management, market research or business-model innovation. 2020 Inductee: Lori Bird

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