The Green Energy Champion III Jury Event took place on August 20, 2019 at The Hatch, Colombo. Nine shortlisted projects were invited to Colombo to participate in a project proposal Finetuning workshop and to finally present their projects to the Green Energy Champion III jury.
Green Energy Champion III Jury Event
The eminent jury for the competition included His Excellency Mr. Jörn Rohde, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Sulakshana Jayawardena, Director (Development) of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo, Director General of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, S.P.K. Amarasinghe, Director/Principal of the Ceylon-German Technical Training Institute and Andreas Hergenröther, Chief Delegate of German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka.
From the shortlisted nine proposals three Green Energy Champions were selected, one from the government sector, private sector and civil society/community based organisation sector categories respectively.
In the government sector, the winning entry was the Kuliyapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha, a local authority in the Kurunegala district. With a vision to conceptualize a new “Green City”, the authority proposed the decentralization of waste management through the division of land plots, setting up a rooftop solar system at the authority premises and also working with the community to set up a biogas system to manage household waste.
Winning in the private sector category was Thermal R Industries (Pvt) Ltd, a start-up enterprise set up with the support of the University of Moratuwa. The entity won praise for their proposal to convert five existing 2-stroke three-wheelers to electric drive. Having verified the financial benefits, the company aims to set up a workshop for electric three-wheel conversion promoting the business in the future.
Community Based Organisation Sector
The Sabaragamua Janatha Padanma won in the community based organisation sector category. Their proposal included a host of renewable energy projects the surrounding areas such as the restoration of a micro hydro system, installation of a solar PV roof top system at a local school, set up street lighting system using hydro and installing a solar dryer for community usage.
Each winner was awarded technical equipment and support worth Rs. 4 Mln. The technical equipment is currently procured so that the implementation of the projects can start in the next weeks.