SolarTurtle won 3 HUGE awards in 2017
Africa Utility Week – Innovation of the Year award
SA Innovation Summit – Inventors Garage award
SAB Foundation – Social Innovation awards.
The SolarTurtle has already received a lot of attention and continue to do so. In February 2014 the project was proclaimed as a Climate Solver by the WWF. Established by WWF Sweden in 2008, the Climate Solver platform is an international platform that displays the best technologies to reduce carbon emissions and support energy access while creating awareness of the value of innovation as a tool to tackle climate change.
The SolarTurtle was also a finalist in the Better Living Challenge (BLC) in October 2014. The BLC is a call to designers and innovators, manufacturers and retailers, students and professionals, self-taught designers and tradesmen, as well as architects and engineers to develop home improvement solutions that support a better quality of life for all. Over the course of two weeks hundreds of people came to see the SolarTurtle and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Unfortunately the SolarTurtle did not win the overall prize, however it was voted as one of the best projects by the public. This is very encouraging as it shows that the public finds the SolarTurtle both novel and useful and can make a difference to their lives.
In December 2014 the SolarTurtle was named a 110% Green flagship by the Western Cape government. A Flagship is an organisation that has made more than the usual commitment towards the Green Economy. This year the SolarTurtle has been invited to the WWF’s renewable energy festival hosted at Green Point Stadium on the 28th of March. The event aims at educating the public about the benefits of renewable energy, the accessibility of alternative energy sources and will also focus on offering solutions to South Africa’s unemployment, energy and climate crises. The event will serve as the unveiling of the completed SolarTurtle before it heads to the rural Eastern Cape.