x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

German solar advocate nominated for Zayed prize

Organisers of the Zayed Energy Award have reduced a list of over 400 entries to 14 nominees.

One of Germany's leading solar power advocates is among the 14 nominees for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, organisers announced yesterday.

The award, which commemorates Sheikh Zayed, the founding President, recognises leaders in clean-energy innovation. Winners will be announced in January on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit.

Dr Hermann Scheer's support for measures such as financial incentives for renewable energy has helped bring about double-digit growth for the sector in Germany in less than a decade. If he were to win the lifetime achievement category his award would be given posthumously. Dr Scheer passed away last year at the age of 66.

The other nominees in the category are: Charles O Holliday Jr and Dr Ashok Gadgil, both of the US. In the large corporations division, the nominees are: Schneider Electric of France; GE Energy Financial Services and GE Power & Water, both of the US; and Suzlon of India.

In the SME & NGO category, the Carbon Disclosure Project of the UK; Nuru Energy of Rwanda; Orb Energy of India; the Acumen Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund and d.Light design, all of the US; and Aga Khan Planning and Building Service of Pakistan were nominated. The overall prize pot is Dh14.6 million.