By Alex Glenn • 20 October 2021 • 9:06
UK Government teams up with Earthshot Prize finalist Solshare.
The British High Commission in Dhaka has announced a partnership with the Earthshot Prize finalist Solshare. The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office is set to give £300,000 to the finalist.
Solshare is one of the 15 finalists in Prince William’s inaugural Earthshot Prize competition.
The investment was announced by the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh H.E. Robert Chatterton Dickson. He commented: “I am pleased to announce that FCDO is about to provide £300,000 to a partnership between Shakti Foundation and Solshare, to help them scale-up their model of using rooftop solar home systems for peer-to-peer energy exchange networks, enabling poor households to both generate electricity from a renewable source and gain an income by selling their surplus energy to the national grid.
“Together with the business support Solshare will receive from Earthshot, we are confident that this will eventually help improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of Bangladeshis.”
According to the UK government: “The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot’, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, the Earthshot Prize aims to discover, spotlight and scale-up the best solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
“The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate. Solshare was one of three finalists in the “Fix our Climate” Category.”
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