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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