COMET-ME Alternative-Energy Project is BBC/Newsweek World Challenge Finalist

COMET-ME, our sister project which has developed out of Villages Group activities, has won prestigious global recognition from the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge 2009 competition.

The judges have chosen COMET-ME as one of 12 finalists. The project, which empowers rural and semi-nomadic Palestinian residents (right now, mostly in South Hebron Hills) by helping them set up independent wind+solar electricity generation units, and training them in installation and maintenance, will be featured in an upcoming BBC story.

The Independent has recently devoted an article to the project, apparently in view of their World Challenge recognition. Here is an excerpt:

For the extended Shineran family, dependent for income on the butter they sell, the electric churn and the large energy-efficient refrigerator they now run off the new system, have together raised sales income from £850 per month to £1,450.

We congratulate COMET-ME, its founder Noam Dotan and all the project’s volunteers, for a well-deserved success. We hope that it continues to grow.
Link to COMET-ME Donation Page.

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  • Michael (UK)  On July 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Great, but what’s to stop it all being destroyed along with other infrastructures as soon as Israel goes on another rampage of destruction as they did in January?

    • Assaf  On July 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

      Well, this is always a risk especially in the rural area.

      On the other hand, the more international attention is turned on an area, the harder it becomes to destroy things.

      Once the world knows and embraces a project like this, the government and military cannot treat it exactly as they did before.

      In any case, the first system was installed 18 months ago and as far as I know it is still alive and well.

  • Nicolas Bernal  On November 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Just saw a part of the bbc news, and would like to introduce this type of system to the poor areas of Panama, especially to the San Blas indians that live on islands of the Atlantic Coast of the Rep of Panama. Where do I begin

  • mordechai yarkoni  On November 19, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    שלום רב
    אני רוצה יותר אינפורמציה על הפרויקט של הפקת חשמל ע”י שמש ו רוח


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