Published on January 19th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan


2016 @ZFEP Winners Inspire Yet Again (VIDEOS)

January 19th, 2016 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

(Note: the videos are HD, so if you don’t have a fast internet connection, you may need to let them load for a second to focus.)

As I’ve stated several times before, the Zayed Future Energy Prize is like the Academy Awards of cleantech. Each year, a large team of experts go through the numerous applications for these awards (over 1000) and narrow them down into finalists in multiple categories (large corporations, small & medium enterprises, nonprofits, and high schools of various regions), and then another tier of global cleantech leaders come together to choose the winners. This is an authentic process in which the merits and accomplishments of the finalists are genuinely debated by some of the leading thinkers in the realm of clean energy and sustainability.

Winners receive a healthy financial boost… except in the case of the large corporation winner, which the Masdar team surmises has enough cash already to do what it needs to do (of course it does).

A lifetime achievement award is also presented to an individual who has done outstanding work progressing sustainability in some way, or as the case of is, in multiple ways. The winner is again narrowed down from many nominations (not applications in this case, but simply nominations). The lifetime achievement award winner does win half a million dollars, but that is typically then given to a cause of the winner’s choice.

With that background out the way, this year’s finalists were:

Large Corporations


* Infosys

* Iberdrola


* Green Energy & Biofuels

* Greenlight Planet Inc.

* Off Grid Electric


* Kopernik

* Rural Services Foundation

* SNV Netherlands Development Organization

* SolarAid

High Schools (Asia)

* Mahindra United World College of India

* Royal College

* Korea Science Academy of KAIST

High Schools (Oceania)

* Lume Rural Training Center

* Cashmere High School

* Huonville High School

High Schools (Europe)

* Schuelerforschungszentrum Suedwuerttemberg

* Belvedere College

High Schools (Africa)

* Mfantsipim School

* SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School

* Abaarso School of Science and Technology

High Schools (The Americas)

* Institución Educativa Gabriel Plazas

* Manuel Picasuti School

* Conalep Juanacatián

Their wonderful stories are presented in the video above, which also includes a bit about the history of the UAE, the Zayed Future Energy Prize itself, the clean energy market, recent climate policy advances, and more.

Now, though, on to the 2016 winners! Have a watch to find out who won this year (if you didn’t already hit play on the video at the top):

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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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