The 2009 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy were presented by HRH the Prince of Wales.

Six international Ashden Awards and an Award for Outstanding Achievement by a previous international winner were also made at the Ceremony on 11 June:

Energy Champion

USA/China: Aprovecho Research Center (ARC) based in Oregon, and Shengzhou Stove Manufacturer (SSM), is this year’s Energy Champion. The scheme produces portable, cheap and efficient fuel-wood stoves in high volume production for global distribution. 60,000 stoves have been sold since 2008, with production capacity now at 50,000 stoves per month.

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Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award

International Development Enterprises India (IDEI) wins the 2009 Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award, for a simple treadle pump that has lifted more than 750,000 farmers out of poverty. Since winning an Ashden Award in 2006 they have diversified into drip irrigation systems and are selling their products worldwide. The organisation uses Bollywood films and stars to get their message across.

Ashden Award for electrification of rural areas

Ethiopia: the Solar Energy Foundation, wins the Ashden Award for electrification of rural areas, supported by the John Ellerman Foundation, for setting up the biggest solar energy programme in Ethiopia, with over 2,000 small solar systems installed in two villages that are off the electricity grid and a further 8,500 units due to be installed elsewhere in the country by the end of the year.

Ashden Renewables for Economic Development Award

India: Saran Renewable Energy Pvt. Ltd in Bihar, in eastern India, wins the Ashden Renewables for Economic Development Award, supported by DFID, for a gasification system providing 11 hours of power every day (220 MWh a year): a popular, sustainable, and cheap alternative to an unreliable grid supply, saving about 200 tonnes/year of CO2.

The Ashden Award for improved nutrition

India: The Ashden Award for improved nutrition goes to French charity Groupe Energies Renouvelable Environnement et Solidarités (GERES), working in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. GERES is improving the nutrition of villagers and boosting their income by working with local organisations to help them grow fresh vegetables year-round in simple passive solar greenhouses.

Ashden Energy Enterprise Award

Nicaragua: Empresa de Comunicaciones, SA (ECAMI) wins the Ashden Energy Enterprise Award for installing over 400 kWp of high quality photovoltaic systems in the form of 2,000 solar home systems and 560 larger systems for other services, particularly in rural and off-grid areas.

The Ashden International Award for Avoided Deforestation

Uganda: Kampala Jellitone Suppliers Ltd, wins The Ashden International Award for Avoided Deforestation, supported by the Waterloo Foundation, for producing non-char biomass briquettes made from agricultural waste. 130 tonnes of briquettes sold every month reduce deforestation and save about 6.1 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of briquettes used.

Eight Ashden Awards were also made to UK schemes.

Find more information on all the 2009 winners here