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First Solar makes shortlist for 2015 edition of prestigious award.

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Thirty one companies and organisations have been shortlisted for the 2015 edition of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s foremost award for innovation in renewable energy and sustainability.

The Prize’s Selection Committee met in Abu Dhabi on 16-17 September to discuss and evaluate 59 entries that had earlier been shortlisted by the Review Committee in five categories.

First Solar, the developer of Dubai’s 13MW Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park, made the cut in the Large Corporation category, which also includes Enel Green Power, IKEA and Panasonic.

The finalists for this category demonstrate leadership in energy efficient products, large scale utilities, energy storage and solar generation, reflecting a broader trend of increasing global demand for renewable energy, a statement said.

Developments in both commercial and consumer appetites for sustainable products have influenced some large corporations to adopt renewable energy and sustainability practices into their business models as a means of revenue generation and enhanced energy efficiency it added.

Electriciens sans Frontieres, Liter of Light, Practical Action, SolarAid, and World Resources Institute were selected as finalists in the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) category.

Econation, M-Kopa, and SELCO have been identified as finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) category.

The Selection Committee recognised SMEs and NPOs for their work to commercialise off-grid solar in poor households in East Africa and Asia.

His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director-General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: “Now in its seventh year, 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.”

The remaining two categories are Global High Schools category across five geographical regions and a Lifetime Achievement category.

The contenders for the seventh edition are set to be presented to the Prize Jury on 20 October and the winners will be announced at the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony scheduled for 19 January, 2015, as part of the annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

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