Comet-ME, Solar for Palestinians is a Finalist in the BBC World Challenge

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Israeli-run NGO gives solar power to off-grid West Bank Palestinian villagers

Comet-ME (Community, Energy, and Technology in the Middle East) is one of those visionary non-profit organizations that recognizes the fact that environmental concerns span the Middle East’s borders, cultures, religions, and histories.  At the end of the day, all the residents of the Middle East want an environmentally sustainable and fruitful future for themselves and their children.
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A joint initiative of both Israelis and Palestinians, Comet-ME believes that “barriers of hostility can be overcome by joint, concrete, work aimed at felling down the walls of segregation and racism.”  The work that they choose to focus their combined efforts on is the provision of sustainable wind and solar energy generating infrastructures in the poorest and most marginalized areas of the Palestinian territories.

We are so happy that the BBC World Challenge 2009 Competition has taken notice of this incredible organization.  Comet-ME is one of 12 finalists is this global competition that seeks to find projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.

Public voting is now open on the competition’s website until November 13th, and we encourage you to cast your vote of support for Comet-ME and also check out some of the other great finalists from Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Haiti, United Kingdom, and the United States.  Our small region is in good company in this competition.

To keep updated about Comet-ME, check out their facebook page.

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Read more about Comet-ME:
Israeli Activists Build Wind, Solar Energy Systems for Palestinian Villages: An Interview with COMET’s Elad Orian
A Solar-Powered Comet Lights Palestinian Villages

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