Green Energy Champion 2016 was a nationwide initiative that was conducted to raise public awareness on energy conservation and promote energy innovation in Sri Lanka.
A prominent and significant part of the campaign was the competition that aimed at discovering and identifying a ‘Green Energy Champion’ who would become an exemplar for sustainable and clean energy solutions.
The public response was incredibly overwhelming, with a large number of outstanding project proposals coming in throughout the competition. Ananda College, Colombo was selected as the winner and received financial support and technical expertise to implement their proposed project.
Following the implementation phase in January 2017, former President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena together with former German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jörn Rohde officially handed over the facilities awarded to the winner of the Green Energy Champion competition – including a solar photovoltaic system which now powers the Ananda College hostel – at a ceremonious event tagged ‘Harithananada’. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya – who was the minister of Power and Renewable Energy at the time – was also amongst the esteemed dignitaries at the event.
At the culmination of Green Energy Champion 2016, the German Federal Foreign Office pledged its continued support in improving energy efficiency and encouraging the use of renewable energy in Sri Lanka, commending the country for its excellent receptivity and potential to leverage solar, biomass and wind energies.