1 May 2012 – Australian company Barefoot Power which provides affordable solar power products for Africa’s poor has been selected with seven other organisations as a finalist for the 2012 Ashden Awards, the world’s leading green energy prize.

The seven finalists – the others are from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Peru and Afghanistan – will compete for more than $188,000 prize money  The winners will be announced on 30 May 2012 at a ceremony in the Royal Geographical Society, London.

The non for-profit enterprise Barefoot Power produces products ranging from single desk lamps to complete kits for use by community homes, clinics and schools. With links to microfinance organisations, Barefoot has sold more than 300,000 lanterns and lighting kits to the rural poor in Kenya, Uganda and elsewhere.