In 2011 Dr. Wolfgang Palz received the first Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy - in honour of Hermann Scheer.
Wolfgang Palz is currently Chairman of the World Council Renewable Energy. He is also an Honorary ISES Board Member, Member of the French National Aid Commission, Demonstration Fund for Energy Research in Paris, Board Member of REN21 and ACORE, amongst other affiliations. He is bearer of an Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande), has been recognised a wind energy pioneer in Britain, and received the European Prizes for biomass, wind energy and photovoltaics respectively.
Some of the positions Dr Palz has held are,
- 1997 – EU Commission Counsel for renewable energy deployment in Africa and also advised the EU Commissioner for Energy on the 1997 EU Whilte Paper on RE.
- 2000 – 2002; member of the Energy Committee of the German Parliament to establish an energy strategy for Germany to 2050.
- 2005 – 2010; consultant of the EU Commission for PV programmes in Latin America.
In 2010 Wolfgang Palz edited a book with foreword by Hermann Scheer – “The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun – Power for the World”.