About the awards


Nature of project:

The Micro-Generation Awards celebrate the best in micro-generation of sustainable energy, recognising enterprise, innovation, research and development across the UK. These are not awards for the big power generators – though large companies working in the micro-generation world will be eligible – rather, it is for those enterprising, innovative, inquisitive companies, of all sizes, who make sustainable energy available to all through a vast variety of micro-generation projects.

While the Micro-Generation Awards are focused on UK micro-generation, British companies are using their expertise overseas and, as a result, international projects may be entered.



  • To seek out and reward outstanding examples of ideas, products and services in the micro-generation of sustainable energy
  • To give equal weight to sustainable energy generation from all types of micro-generation
  • To build a reputation as the UK’s leading awards for micro-generation of sustainable energy



Sustainable energy is energy that we will never use up or deplete. It is inexhaustible.

According to the United Nations (the UN’s Brundtland Commission popularized the term in 1987), sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” True sustainability is when everyone, everywhere can meet their basic needs for ever.

Using the above definition for sustainability, sustainable energy is about finding clean, renewable sources of energy—sources that renew themselves, rather than sources that can be depleted.


Useful advice and the Awards timetable

An awards competition is only as good as the entries received, however, and the Micro-Generation Awards actively help companies to define their entries and tune them to the most relevant categories. There is a page of Useful Advice, which entrants will find helpful in completing their entries.

Please note: The final closing date for entries is February 28, 2019.

Agreement has been reached to work with Sustainability Voices to develop the Micro-Generation Awards and the FINAL closing date for entries is now February 28, 2019. You will need to pay the necessary fee before your entry will be processed for judging.

We wish you every success with your entries for the 2019 Awards and welcome your calls to the Awards office if you have any questions. Remember, the process described in your entry could have started years earlier, but for 2019 the project must have been active or come to fruition during the eligibility period that runs from May 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018 – a twenty-month period.

Judging of the Awards will take place during March and April and the short-list of finalists will be published online and through any media partners no later than April 30, each year.

The date for the Awards ceremony will be July 12, 2019, and we are planning to hold the lunch and ceremony in London, subject to confirmation. You won’t have to wait for the short-list to be published, however, to reserve your places for the lunch and ceremony at what will be a most important networking event for the sector.


Key dates to remember

  • February 28, 2019: FINAL closing date for entries
  • March 31: judging complete and short-list of finalists published
  • July 12: lunch and announcement of winners with results and pictures published
  • July-September: post awards publicity
  • October 1: official opening date for the next year’s call for entries