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Jamaican leg of the IDEAS innovative energy contest launched

The  Jamaican leg of the IDEAS innovative energy  contest was launched  on Tuesday, February 28  at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston Jamaica. Special guests in attendance included the Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining –   the Hon  Julian Robinson: the  IDB Resident representative – Mr Ancille Brewster  ;  the DFID Caribbean representative –  Ms Janet Al Utwaibi and the  Charge D’Affairs  for the  Embassy of Korea – Mr Kimo Lim.

The IDB representative – Mr Ancille Brewster opened the Proceedings by bringing  greetings on behalf of the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB)  and giving  a background to the competition –  indicating that   were already two winners in the region since its startup in 2009 .  In addition, he stressed that the IDB was already directing substantial sums of money towards supporting the development of energy  in the region, in particular, in the area of  Clean Energy.  Energy efficiency and energy conservation loans were also being made available by the Bank to facilitate a 5% reduction in  energy consumption in the Public Sector.

Ms Janet Al Utwaibi  –  the DFID Caribbean representative –  in  highlighting  her organization’s role and   support to the project  – indicated  that the UK had already put $2.5 million pounds toward  the UK Climate fund    of which  0.7% had been set aside for technical assistance  to clients.

Mr Ki_mo Lim, Charge D’Affairs  for the  Embassy of Korea in Jamaica also weighed in on his  company’s support to the project .  He  welcomed the opportunity to co-operate in a venture such as this stressing  the need for continued co-operation. He indicated that his government  had already identified energy efficiency as a major area of interest and focus.

Mr Hawthorne Watson – Manager Information Services at the Scientific Research Council  recalled that the SRC through its Inventions/Innovators Association had readily endorsed the competition when it was first  and continued to give its support. He cited  previous renowned innovators  in the Caribbean and made the connection between past innovative efforts and the need  to sustain these efforts with new innovations utilizing renewable energy resources which exist in the region.

Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, in addressing the group as Guest Speaker encouraged the group to promote the competition and ensure that it was advertised as widely as possible so that it becomes well known and gets people actively involved in the contest and continue to be innovative between contests.

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).

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 . More than 700 applications were received from Latin America and the Caribbean and  about 15 winners were selected.

This third competition is currently underway and  will run until April  this year. Focus this time is on Caribbean  countries primarily. Support  is being received from DFID, IDB,GVEP and the South Korean Government. Application forms can be found on-line at

Submission Deadline: Apr 30, 2012

2012

Call for innovative proposals aimed at increasing energy efficiency and access to renewable energies in the Caribbean.
Winning proposals will be rewarded with up to USD 200,000.

Applications are welcome from individuals, enterprises and organisations from Antigua and Barbuda, 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. It is strongly recommended that applicants consider information outlined in the application guidance when completing the online application form and relevant spread sheet. The application guidance reflects the criteria that will be used to award funding.



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