Green Energy Champion 2017 was launched in June, initiating a seven week-long participation period. A total of 80 applications – from private households, municipalities, universities, public authorities, and small and medium-sized enterprises – from all over the country were submitted.
Following a thorough analysis and scrutiny of the applications by an engineering consulting company, field visits were organised to further evaluate the 10 best applicants. Five out of the ten candidates were then shortlisted and invited to a two-day ‘Fine-tuning Workshop’ where they were able to revise their project ideas under professional guidance.
The workshop elaborated on crucial components such as project management, technical and financial feasibility of the project, presentation skills and consultation for revision of the project idea with the support of the engineering team.
Following the successful workshop, candidates were invited to present their results to a jury that consisted of former German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jörn Rohde, former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy D.D. Amarathunga, a representative of the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA), and representatives from GIZ Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) emerged the winner of Green Energy Champion 2017, receiving installations and equipment worth 10 million LKR (58,000 EUR). In second place were the Diyagala Boys’ Town in cooperation with the State Ministry of Science, Technology and
Research and the Batticaloa Municipal Council, who were awarded 2.5 million LKR (14,000 EUR). Third place winners received a prize of 1.5 million LKR (9,000 EUR).