1st Place 2008  Finalist

MicroEnergy Credits

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USA

Roughly 2.5 billion people worldwide suffer from “energy poverty”; a lack of access to affordable, healthy, and environmentally friendly ways to heat, light, and provide income for their families. MicroEnergy Credits Corporation makes use of the carbon emissions cap-and-trade markets to help Microfinance institutions offer clean, efficient energy products to their customer base of over 250 million microentrepreneurs. This makes energy-efficient products like solar electric lighting, efficient cookstoves, and local biogas cooking fuel, accessible and affordable to poor households. MECC bridges the gap between the $30 Billion carbon markets and billions of people making clean energy choices.