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2020 Global Energy Heroes announced

Three community-based sustainability organizations have won the first Global Energy Heroes prizes from Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy.

Organizations led by people aged 18 to 30 years old were eligible to enter, which required submission of a short video about the their work. Even though many organizations in advanced economies entered, the three winners work in developing economies. Mee Panyar is helping remote communities in Myanmar upgrade their miniature electric grids, replacing costly diesel generators with solar power. Solar Freeze provides solar-powered refrigerated storage and transportation of produce to small-scale farmers in Kenya. Takataka Plastics is recycling low-value plastic waste in Uganda into high-demand construction materials. Each organization gets $20,000 to advance their enterprise and a trip to Stanford for the Global Energy Forum. The conference was scheduled May 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full news release with videos embedded here.


Stanford Global Energy Heroes is a competition to recognize young people around the world who are creating sustainable energy solutions to benefit their communities. 

Open to organizations led by people aged 18 to 30 years old from around the world! 

The application period for Global Energy Heroes ended February 15, 2020.

Winners of the Global Energy Heroes prizes of $20,000 were announced on May 26, 2020.

Winners will also get an all expenses paid trip to the Global Energy Forum. The conference, which was scheduled for May 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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