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08.08.2016 - Article

Ananda College in Sri Lanka has won a renewable energies competition funded by the Federal Foreign Office. The school is planning to construct a solar installation and waste management system.

“Energy for the Future – Green Energy Champion” was the title of the competition in Sri Lanka on renewable energies that was financed by the Federal Foreign Office. Pupils at Ananda College in Colombo were the winners. The prize money totalling 30,000 euros will be used to construct a solar installation and the school’s very own waste management system.

Competition on renewable energies

Ambassador Jürgen Morhard at the opening of the competition
Ambassador Jürgen Morhard at the opening of the competition© Manjula Perera

While excellent conditions are in place in Sri Lanka to support the use of renewable energies, around half of the country’s energy needs are still met by fossil fuels.

In order to facilitate the transition to renewable energies, a nationwide competition was therefore announced during a visit to the country by Foreign Minister Steinmeier in September 2015. Entrants were asked to submit proposals on how sustainable energy systems can be developed and implemented at the local level.

Competition logo
Competition logo© Green Energy Champion

The competition is being funded by the Federal Foreign Office. The project’s partners include the Sri Lankan Ministry of Power and Energy, the Sustainable Energy Authority, the Energy Managers Association and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The winner: Ananda College in Colombo

In July, Ananda College in Colombo was chosen as the winner from the 85 proposals submitted. In their submission, the pupils proposed to supply the school with solar energy via a solar installation to be added to the building for this purpose. A waste management system for the school is also part of the project.

Ananda College in Colombo received a cheque for the equivalent of 30,000 euros
Ananda College in Colombo received a cheque for the equivalent of 30,000 euros© Manjula Perera

Ananda College’s proposal primarily stood out on account of its multidimensional approach, which not only outlined the implementation of the project, but also comprehensive details relating to its communications strategy.

The competition was covered both online and offline by a dedicated website and on Facebook, as well as on television and in print media. The topic was made accessible to a broad general public and awareness for renewable energies raised across the country with short video clips presenting energy-saving tips, for example. The winning school will now receive 30,000 euros and comprehensive advice on implementing the project.

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