Off Grid Electric Wins Top International Renewable Energy and Sustainability Prize

MC Modern Ghana
January 19, 2016

By Megan Cow­ley
Arusha — Tan­za­nia, Jan­u­ary 18, 2016 – Off Grid Elec­tric, a Tanzania-​​based social enter­prise, has been awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Small and Medium Enter­prise cat­e­gory dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony today in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Now in its eighth edi­tion, the UAE’s inter­na­tional prize recog­nises pio­neers in the fields of renew­able energy and sustainability.

Nine win­ners across five cat­e­gories, includ­ing Dr. Gro Harlem Brundt­land who accepted the Life­time Achieve­ment award for her com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, received awards pre­sented by His High­ness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces. United Nations Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-​​moon, heads of state and dig­ni­taries from across the world attended the awards cer­e­mony, tak­ing place dur­ing Abu Dhabi Sus­tain­abil­ity Week, the largest gath­er­ing on sus­tain­abil­ity in the Mid­dle East.

Dr Nawal Al-​​Hosany, Direc­tor of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: “We are delighted to wel­come Off Grid Elec­tric to our grow­ing com­mu­nity of win­ners. Their efforts to give those indi­vid­u­als with­out, access to elec­tric­ity is to be wel­comed and aids the inter­na­tional community’s drive towards a future where safe and sus­tain­able access to energy is avail­able to all.”

The Zayed Future Energy Prize recog­nised Off Grid Elec­tric for pro­vid­ing at least 45,000 homes in Tan­za­nia with access to clean elec­tric­ity at lower cost than harm­ful and envi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing kerosene or diesel alter­na­tives. Around 225,000 peo­ple ben­e­fit from Off Grid Electric’s solar home sys­tems, which cus­tomers pay for through mobile payment.

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