Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) emerged victorious at the Green Energy Champion 2017 country-wide competition held recently.

The Green Energy Champion 2017 was organized by German Federal Foreign Office with the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka, and implementation partners, Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.

SLIDA was awarded technical equipment worth up to Rs 10 million and technical expertise for the implementation of their proposed project, which focuses on solar power and energy efficiency. The second place winner, Diyagala Boys Town (DBT), of the State Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, was awarded equipment worth Rs 2.5 million, while third place winner, Batticaloa Municipal Council, was awarded equipment worth Rs 1.5 million.

The other two finalists included Kuliyapitiya Pradeshiya Sabha and Renewable Energy Systems Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. The top five finalists, chosen from 80 applicants, were invited to a workshop on project management and presentation techniques to fine-tune their ideas under technical guidance. The workshop included a training session with an introduction to the basics of project management, as well as an important session on technical and financial feasibility, sustainability, public acceptance and commutation.

Speaking to media, German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jörn Rohde said that the high number of applications depicted how popular the contest has become in a short span of time, while the general quality of applications was also improving. He asserted the importance of government institutions joining the private sector in setting an example of implementing green energy projects, as the Government plays the lead role in developing sustainable energy.

The finalists presented their green energy ideas to a panel of judges that included German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jörn Rohde, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Additional Secretary D.D. Amarathunga, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) Chairman Keerthi Wickramaratne, and representatives from GIZ and the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA).
Rohde added that winners were chosen in rational criteria with emphasis on reproducibility, impact, innovative character, budget feasibility and speed of sustainability-realization.

The Green Energy Champion 2017 Project follows a successful first project phase last year, in which 0.7 million media users were given energy-saving tips and information on renewable energy. Ananda College Colombo was declared the Green Energy Champion 2016 for their holistic approach to energy efficiency. The winning project, implemented in autumn 2016, included the installation of a solar PV system which generates over 24,000 KW hours annually, the upgrading of the school’s composting system and the introduction of a solid waste management system. Furthermore, several awareness trainings with more than 7000 students and teachers were carried out.