Germany supports Sri Lanka’s path towards a green energy future

Green Energy Champion 2017 Enlarge image Green Energy Champion 2017 (© German Embassy Colombo)

Colombo, 13 October 2017 - Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) judged Sri Lanka’s Green Energy Champion 2017.

It was no easy decision the jury comprising His Excellency Jörn Rohde German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, D.D. Amarathunga, Additional Secretary from the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and representatives of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and from the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA) had to make. Three months ago the Green Energy Champion competition was launched consecutively for the second year by The German Federal Foreign Office together with the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy of Sri Lanka, and the project implementing partner Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.

After a very close jury decision the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) was announced as Green Energy Champion 2017. SLIDA could convince the jury members with their integrated project proposal which aims at becoming a model training institute for the entire public sector in Sri Lanka. With the help of the Rs. 10 million provided through the German Government SLIDA is going to extend their existing Solar PV system, to install a biogas unit for its kitchen waste, to establish an urban composting garden and to promote home gardening, to install Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) keys and to develop an awareness training course for public sector managers.

The project is a valuable contribution to support Sri Lanka’s ambitious energy targets - to increase the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources up to 50% by 2020.