In September 2016 the Sri Lankan Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has started the implementation of a nationwide development programme for solar energy. Accordingly, one million households that can feed additional 1000 megawatt into the grid shall be equipped with solar panels by 2025. Financial incentives for the purchase as well as a fee for feeding excess capacity into the public electricity network are granted to promote an installation in private households. The “Battle for Solar Energy” project highlights that in the current government programme the bar has been set high to expand the use of renewable energy and to improve energy efficiency.
This sort of energy transition requires an increasing awareness as well as replicable model projects. Therefore, the initiative Green Energy Champion aims at encouraging the Sri Lankan public in sharing their creative ideas. In the Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka competition individuals and groups get to present their proposals after a fine-tuning workshop and further technical assistance. The most promising idea will receive funding and support to implement the submitted proposal.
The Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka is launched for the third time. The winning proposal of 2017 was submitted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA), proposing a holistic approach to increase energy efficiency and promoting the generation of renewable energies at their training institute. The proposal included the set-up of a biogas unit, the installation of a PV-system and the establishment of an urban compost garden.
This competition is designed to foster both outreach of creative energy solutions and fruitful cooperation between participants and green energy specialists. Participants will gain insights into planning and management of sustainable energy solutions during writing workshops and will contribute to a green future of Sri Lanka’s environment to benefit further generations to come.
The competition is aimed to promote concepts that improve energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy solutions, particularly to serve day-to-day needs of people living in a community. The expected outcome of the competition is to implement a green energy solution that may become a blueprint in Sri Lanka.
Proposed projects should encompass one or both of the following objectives:
Improving energy efficiency:
Ideas that contributes towards saving energy/minimize energy wastage.
E.g. – Using LED or CFL lights, Cycle-friendly village, etc.
Promote utilization of renewable energy:
Industries or processes powered by renewable energy.
E.g. – Solar-powered street lamps, biogas from organic waste, etc.
Implementation of the Competition
Among all applications, five candidates are short-listed. Under the guidance of a professional energy consultant the candidates receive the opportunity to fine-tune their project proposals and present them to the jury. Out of the short list, the most promising idea is selected and awarded “Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka 2017”.
Announcement of the Winner
Selected projects are contacted directly and publicly announced in the websites’ news section and on Facebook. The Green Energy Champion of each category will be declared during the pitch event. After the implementation of the winning projects, all ideas will be inaugurated during a final award ceremony.
All shortlisted candidates are invited to a fine tuning workshop to receive further input on renewable energy, upon which final adjustments can be made under professional guidance.
A winning idea will be selected in each category. All Green Energy Champions will receive technical equipment and training worth 4 Million Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately 20.000 EUR) to implement the project idea.
All participants of Green Energy Champion will be allocated to one of the three following categories:
- Public Sector Institutions
- Private Sector Entities
- Civil Society, Non-governmental organisations (NGO), Community-based organisations (CBO)
A pre-selection of the three most promising proposals of each category will finalize their proposals in a fine tuning workshop. The Green Energy Champion will be assigned in each category.
You can either apply as an individual or in a group, however only one application per person is allowed. Proposals can be submitted in Sinhalese, Tamil or English.
Explain and outline the feasibility and innovative character of the project and provide clear proof that the idea is beneficial to an existing issue. You can submit more than one proposal or team up with other contestants to submit multiple ideas. Besides, you can apply for an expansion of an existing project if you fulfil the selection criteria.
GIZ offers writing workshops together with Janathakshan in all 9 provinces to edit and optimize proposals before submitting them. The workshop is designed to improve the quality of project ideas and invites all participants to join (attendance is not mandatory).
The three most promising proposals of each category will be invited to a fine tuning workshop to review the project ideas under professional guidance. A jury consisting of the German Embassy, Sri Lankan energy authorities and experts, and GIZ will select the best-placed idea of each category. The winning project idea will receive financial and technical support to implement the proposal and, as innovative energy pioneers, to serve as a model for further projects to be made a reality throughout the country.
The project should be financially feasible and fit within the existing budget limits. If additional resources are required, project proposers are recommended to partner with other public or private funding sources. Such sources of funding should be established prior to the application and confirmation in writing should be attached to the application.
Credits will be given if your proposal…
…is linked to sustainable energy solutions
Your proposal should apply to a sustainable energy solution. This refers to a contribution by improving energy efficiency (by saving energy or minimize energy wastage) as well as promoting utilization of renewable energy (by powering industries or processes with renewable energy solutions). Either or both approaches can be chosen to draft a proposal.
…is addressed to an existing issue or challenge and suggests a solution or an improvement of such
Your proposal is aimed to develop an improvement or solution for an ongoing challenge or issue by using sustainable energy solutions. The issue being addressed in your proposal should be perceived as such and can either occur on a local level within a specific region or group of people, or on a national level fostering a wider outreach. Your idea should achieve a significant change that leads to an enhancement of the challenge you are tackling. Outline the desired outcome of your project and explain the impact and importance that affect the challenge you are addressing.
…is financially manageable
The project budget for the winning idea of the Green Energy Champion is limited to 4,000,000 LKR. Therefore, it is mandatory to include a detailed calculation of all estimated costs related to your idea. Be precise and think of every cost that may come up. If you are uncertain about some costs, we recommend overestimating instead of underestimating these project expenses, to set up a buffer for unpredictable costs that may occur.
Consider major components like:
- Staff cost
- Additional service contracts
- Needed equipment
- Small additional expenditures
…is technically feasible
Reconsider the feasibility of your proposal. This includes a manageable project idea within given time frame as well as a technical understanding of your project. Add a schedule to display the project steps of your proposal in a feasible order of duration and tasks. To ensure a sustainable and long-term use of your project, consider an approach to ensure long-term utilization of your idea. It is useful to present a maintenance framework for the future.
…is acknowledged by the society that is affected by your proposal
Bear in mind that your project idea should be accepted by the surrounded institution and people that will experience the positive effects of the outcome. Your proposal should suit with the settings of the affected society and environment. This fosters a simple distribution and utilization of your proposal and guarantees an effective long-term solution.
…maintains a sustainable impact and displays a long-term solution
A sustainable approach of your proposal is important. This implies a preferably high utilization of renewable resources, low, better yet, zero carbon dioxide emissions, a minimum of pollution and usage of recycling material. Besides, your idea is desired to outline a long-term solution of a challenge, without raising additional problems. A long durability of solutions displays a key component in a sustainable approach.
The selection of the short list is carried by the project team and is based on the criteria list, by which every proposal will be assessed individually.
The jury of the pitching event will select the Green Energy Champion for each category and includes representatives of GIZ, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany in Colombo.