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3 Indian outfits shortlisted for Ashden green energy award

According to reports, three Indian green energy pioneers have been shortlisted for the 2013 International Ashden Awards, moving a step closer to winning up to £40,000 in prize money, as well as access to business support, international media exposure and membership of the prestigious Ashden India Sustainable Energy Collective.

The shortlisted organisations are: Friends of Women’s World Banking selling and financing solar lanterns, OMC Power Micropower that helps in building power plants for villages and telecoms as well as Vortex Engineering that provides low-power ATMs.

The finalists will be announced in May 2013, with awards to be presented at a ceremony in London on June 20 next year.

The Ashden Awards judging panel includes Prof Paul Ekins, professor of energy and environment policy of the UCL Energy Institute at University College, London; Andrew  Simms of the New Economics Foundation; Dominic Brain of Christian Aid and Michael Mason, international carbon finance expert.

This year’s winner of the Ashden 2012 International Gold Award was the Indian microfinance organisation Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) for showing how ethically managed microfinance can deliver sustainable energy to the poor.

Dr. LH Manjunath, executive director of SKDRDP said: “The award itself greatly enhanced our self-esteem and confidence. In India a great deal of importance is attached to the prestigious Ashden Awards, which you can see from the publicity we got. Back home, the people of Dharmasthala and staff of SKDRDP were all quite excited and have developed a new understanding of the energy for poor issues.”

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