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Energy Innovation Competition Launched in St Lucia

The IDEAS Energy Innovation Competition is back  in the Caribbean  for a third time since its inauguration in 2009. This time around the competition is under the joint sponsorship of UKAid from the Department of International Development (DFID), ( ) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) , the Government of South Korea, and GVEP International  – a non-governmental organization.

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Participants at the IDEAS Energy Innovation Competition Launch in St. Lucia.

At a recently held launch on Friday February 17, 2012 at the Bay Gardens Inn to kick off the St Lucia leg of the contest; the gathering learnt that the upcoming competition is set, once again, to provide support to regional energy innovative efforts, promote renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and, overall, facilitate access to energy in the region. The competition is geared towards local energy companies in St Lucia and covers commercial-type projects, business initiatives as well as school programs.  It is anticipated that it will inevitably lead to the development of Renewable Energy technologies for use in St Lucia as well as to the provision of jobs .

(L to R) Mrs. M. Whyte, Representative, Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) headquartered at the Scientific Research Council, Jamaica; Minister of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Science and Technology, Sustainable Development, the Environment and Energy,  the Honourable  Dr. James Fletcher and Ms. Judith Ephraim, Ministry of Physical Development, Environment and Housing, St. Lucia and CEIS Liason Officer .

Special guests at  the St Lucia  launch included the Minister of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Science and Technology, Sustainable Development, the Environment and Energy,  the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher and the  Resident British Commissioner  Mr. Karl Burrowes.


(L to R) Ms. Judith Ephraim, Ministry of Physical Development, Environment and Housing, St. Lucia and CEIS Liason Officer; Mr Karl Burrowes, Resident British Commissioner; and M. Whyte, Representative, CEIS.

Also in attendance were Mr Thomas Scheutlich from the German GIZ company who brought greetings on behalf of the Caricom Secretariat Energy Programme and a representative from the Scientific Research Council – Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) Unit. ( || CEIS also manages the Caribbean Information Platform on Renewable Energy – CIPORE- ) These two agencies have been endorsing this initiative since its inaugural launch in 2009.

The St Lucia winner of the competition in 2009, Mr. Ken Aldonza was also in attendance  and paid tribute to the organization sponsors for the support which he  received in the development of his innovation –“ Banana waste to produce methane via biodigesters and also to produce ethanol.”

IDEAS 2012 Launch Speech by Ken Aldonza

VIDEO: IDEAS Energy Contest: Waste banana ethanol

The  IDEAS contest  was first launched in February 2009, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Korea, non-governmental organization GVEP International (GVEP) and the German Technical Cooperation for Development (GIZ), and funded by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ), and by the Netherlands Directorate-General of Development Cooperation (DGIS).

Over 1,000 applications from twenty-eight ( 28) Latin America and Caribbean countries were received; from which twenty– six (26)  winners were selected.

The  second competition was launched  on September 15, 2011 in co-operation with the Mexican Secretariat of Energy with the support of the Sustainable Energy Fund,(FSE),  the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the South Korean Government .Over 700 applications were received from Latin America and the Caribbean and  fifteen (15) winners were selected.

The Jamaica leg of the competition kicks off in late February. This year’s prize money will be a maximum of US$200,000 for each winner as well as technical and business development support to implement or scale up the idea.

The deadline for submission of applications is April 2012.  The winners will be announced July 15, 2012.

Countries in the Caribbean region eligible to participate are  Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information regarding eligibility criteria as well as submission of   applications for this competition – visit the IDEAS’ webpage and fill in an online application form available at online application form.

Past winners from the Caribbean in this competition have included WELECTRICITY: Welectricity is a free low-carbon web application used for tracking and reducing household electricity consumption. Funded by GVEP and GIZ, it is one of the 26 winners of the 2009 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest.

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