New Delhi, June 1 (ANI): Two pioneering sustainable energy schemes in India will join finalists from the UK, US/China, Africa and Latin America in competing in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy 2009.
In total, the global projects stand to be awarded more than 350,000 pounds, to be used for scheme improvement and expansion. The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales in London on June 11.
The schemes in India in this year's Ashden Awards finals are:
Saran Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd in Bihar, eastern India, has installed a new gasification system that generates electric power for eleven hours per day using locally-sourced biomass, providing a popular, sustainable, and cheap alternative to an unreliable grid supply.
The 220 MWh of electricity produced in a year is currently sold to ten businesses which previously used diesel generators, as well as farmers, a school and a clinic. The result is a better-quality and more reliable electricity supply that prevents the emission of about 200 tonnes/year CO2 from the 77,000 tonnes of diesel that would otherwise be used, and helps to secure income for the 100 local farmers who supply biomass.
Groupe Energies Renouvelable Environnement et Solidaritis (GERES), working in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, is improving the nutrition of villagers and boosting their income, working with local organisations to help them grow fresh vegetables year-round in simple passive solar greenhouses. The specially-designed robust greenhouses capture the sun's heat and allow people to grow nutritious produce including spinach, coriander, onions, garlic and strawberries throughout the year.
The other international finalists are:
USA/China: Aprovecho Research Center and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer: Efficient fuelwood stoves for the mass market.
Nicaragua: Empresa de Comunicaciones (ECAMI): Supporting rural development with photovoltaic power systems.
Uganda: Kampala Jellitone Suppliers: Agricultural residues fuel industries and institutions.
Ethiopia: Solar Energy Foundation: Supplying photovoltaic (PV) solar-home-systems to a village and outlying areas, and training solar technicians. (ANI)