We have just found out we are one of five finalists in the Non-Profit Organisation category for the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015. SolarAid was short-listed from a record 1100 entries from 84 countries as one of the finalists demonstrating “outstanding impact, innovation, leadership, and long-term vision”.
Marie-Jose Nadaeu, Chair of the World Energy Council and Vice-Chair of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee stated:
“With nearly 1.2 billion people in the world living without energy access, the Prize has never been more crucial in the development of radical solutions to the world’s energy security challenges.”
The Selection Committee’s announcement highlights the rapid adoption of solar energy around the world and its role in poverty alleviation, job creation and educational opportunities.
On announcing the finalists, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General Zayed Future Energy Prize said:
“The Selection Committee has identified the breakthrough ideas, technologies and academic proposals, that will positively influence the world, delivering access to energy and water to millions, championing sustainability and the deployment of renewable energy, and creating jobs and educational opportunities within the clean energy space.”
SolarAid’s CEO expressed his delight at being announced as a finalist, saying:
“We would like to congratulate the other finalists and thank the Selection Committee for their recognition of the crucial importance of clean energy access in addressing both poverty and climate change. We believe that SolarAid’s work plays a vital role in building the clean energy markets of the future, whilst improving the choice and opportunity of people across Africa today.”
Joining us in the running are Liter of Light, Practical Action,Electriciens sans Frontiers and World Resources Institute with the winner being announced on the 19th January 2015 as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
This short list will draw attention to our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to help build the alliance to eradicate the kerosene lamp. We’re asking like minded organisations and individuals to join us in working towards a clean future and the fight against poverty.