Green Energy Champion 2019

The third edition of Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka attracted several entries from across the island and culminated in the selection of three Green Energy Champions – one each from the government sector, private sector and civil society/community-based organisations (CBOs) categories respectively.

GEC 2019 kickstarted with nine promising applicants being shortlisted for a workshop to further fine-tune their ideas and presentations with expert guidance and feedback. At the end of the workshop, the candidates were assessed by an eminent jury – comprising representatives of the German Embassy; Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development; Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and GIZ Sri Lanka. Three champions were then selected and awarded technical equipment and support worth up to Rs. 4 million to bring their innovative and sustainable ideas to life.

The government sector entry was won by Thekla Sriyani and team from the Kuliyapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha for addressing the inefficient waste management in the town of Kuliyapitiya by establishing a bio-gas waste management system, a 10-kilowatt rooftop solar system, and promoting sustainable practices among the community.

Thermal R Industries – a start-up enterprise supported by the University of Moratuwa – emerged the winner in the private sector category for its innovative pilot project seeking to convert two-stroke three-wheeler engines into electric drives, thereby ensuring a 68% carbon dioxide reduction per unit converted.

The Green Energy Champion in the CBOs category was Sugath Chandrasena representing the Sabaragamuwa Janatha Padanama for their efforts in harnessing hydroelectricity to power the local Kithul industry, installing a solar power rooftop system in a nearby school to ensure electricity generation and uninterrupted education for students, and developing eco-friendly production methods for all goods produced in the village.

Green Energy Champion 2019 was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in association with Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy.

The primary emphasis of the project was to establish a shared vision where renewables form the basis of energy for the future. The winning entries succeeded tremendously in showcasing best-practice models for sustainable energy in the country while also paving the way for similar projects to be implemented in the future.