ABU DHABI: International experts from the fields of energy, sustainability and education chose a shortlist of 34 finalists for the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize on Sunday and Monday during the third of a rigorous four-stage evaluation process.

The finalists will be discussed during a meeting of the prize’s Jury at the end of this month, with the winners to be announced at the annual awards ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January.

The finalists for the Non-Profit Organisation category are We Care Solar and Solar Sister that focus on expanding solar solutions and empowering women entrepreneurs in ‘last-mile’ communities, while SELCO Foundation finances renewable and sustainable energy systems for low-income households in India.

They are representative of the expansion of the solar market through the creation of smart solar street lighting, solar home systems and utility services, and solar wafers using more cost and energy-efficient process respectively.

“Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, said:”The Prize acts as a catalyst for the advancement of renewable energy solutions by rewarding and recognising those who have implemented sustainable policies and practices.

“This year marks a significant milestone for the prize as we celebrate a decade of awarding individuals, schools and organisations for their positive impact on the world. By working to make clean energy a cornerstone of sustainable development across the globe, the Prize is bringing to life the legacy of our nation’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

“Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Chair of Selection Committee, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, added:”The footprint of the Zayed Future Energy Prize continues to grow every year and the calibre of entries is always outstanding, with technological innovation improving at an exceptional pace.