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Ashden Award winners recognised by Zayed Future Energy Prize

Thu, 17/01/2013 - 10:14

Two Ashden Award winners, Okehampton College in Devon and the solar power social enterprise d.light design, have been recognised by the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's largest annual award in the renewable energy and sustainability sector.

Okehampton’s prize was for the European schools category.

Said Keith Webber, Community Energy Coordinator at Okehampton College: “Winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize means we can now commence our planned wind turbine installation. There are a lot of excited pupils here as they really want the wind turbines and ask frequently about them.

“I think a lot of our pupils are wondering if it’s really true – they can’t believe that things like this can really happen to Okehampton.”

d.light was awarded the prize for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Chairman and CEO Donn Tice said: “We are very honored to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

“d.light represents an essential part of the future of energy: small-scale, distributed energy solutions at the community, household and individual level. Winning this prize will enable us to transform millions more lives that we would not otherwise reach as quickly. This is not just a win for d.light, but for everyone without access to reliable grid power.“

Okehampton College won an Ashden Award in 2010 for its efforts to cut carbon. Since then it has achieved savings of up to £70,000 on its annual fuel bills and become a mentor for Ashden’s flagship LESS CO2programme for sustainable schools in Devon.

d.light won its Ashden Award in 2010 for selling cheap, reliable solar lamps to the rural poor, offering them a sustainable alternative to polluting and dangerous Kerosone. It recently passed a major milestone in its history, reaching 10 million people through its solar lighting.