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The winner of WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award 2014 on the theme Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency was Jeremy Leggett, together with Peter Hannicke and Beate Weber Schuerholtz.

Jeremy Leggett is an English businessman, opinion-former, and the founding director of Solarcentury, one of the first companies offering solar cells to the market. He has worked tirelessly for renewable energy/solar energy. He has through his long and devoted involvement in solar energy, stimulated both debate and global influence for a sustainable energy development.

Thanks to Jeremy Leggett’s entrepreneurship and endurance, Solarcentury is today Great Britain’s largest, privately owned solar cell company. Solarcentury donates part of its profit to Solar Aid, an organisation founded by Leggett in 2006 with the purpose of providing access to solar-driven lamps in countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Senegal. Solar Aid is today the world’s largest distributor of solar-driven lamps.

His commitment is broad, ranging from writing books, driving campaigns to having the position as chairman in Carbon Tracker (a financial think tank analysing climate risk in capital markets).

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