Solar power pioneer Huang Ming wins ‘alternative Nobel’

· China, Sweden
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Source / Credit: BBC

Chinese solar power pioneer Huang Ming is one of four winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes also called the alternative Nobel prize.

 

Mr Huang was honoured for developing “cutting-edge technologies for harnessing solar energy”.

Also honoured were Chadian human rights activist Jacqueline Moudeina, Spain-based farmers’ advocacy group Grain and US midwifery educator Ina May Gaskin.

The awards are granted by a Sweden-based foundation.

They were founded in 1980 by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull to recognise work he felt was being ignored by the Nobel Foundation.

In a statement, the Right Livelihood Awards Foundation said this year’s winners “turn the spotlight on solutions to global wrongs”.

Mr Huang received the honorary award while the other three won 50,000 euros (£43,000; $68,000) each. Read more:

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