“Southeast Asia – Renewable and Adaptive Energy” (SEA-RAE) has won a United Nations SEED grant for sustainable energy development. The $5,000 grant will fund SEA-RAE’s pilot energy project of a solar-based microgrid in an island community in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
“It is a fantastic honor to receive this U.N. SEED Initiative Award,” said Jalel Sager, Ph.D. candidate in the Energy and Resources Graduate Group and SEA-RAE co-founder. “It adds credence to our cause of fostering community development by means of electrification. Electricity opens doors for social, environmental and economic outlets, and is a proven pathway out of poverty.”
The prize was formally awarded to Sager by Achim Steiner, who is the Executive Director of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the United Nations’s Under-Secretary. The ceremony took place at the UNEP’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, in October.
The SEED initiative was founded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Each year, SEED recognizes development projects that aim to better the quality of life of individuals living in poor communities in developing nations.
This year’s 34 global winners included projects in Africa, South America, and Asia. Winning organizations receive a monetary contribution along with access to resources and continuous support from SEED and the United Nations, to foster the growth of their projects.