James Ellsmoor is an energetic young man who believes passionately in renewable energy. Now, his organisation, Solar Head of State, in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, has launched a competition in Jamaican schools. It is aimed at encouraging students to research and understand more about renewables and to be creative in their entries. Here are more details from Mr. Ellsmoor, below…
Launch Date: Tuesday February 6th
Solar Head of State is proud to announce the launch of the first ever Jamaica Community Solar Competition – a national competition for young people from across the country to learn more about the benefits of renewable energy.
Competitors aged 15 to 24 will be asked to design a project to inspire their local or school community to recognize the many advantages of solar energy. Winning projects will be those that demonstrate creativity and an ability to educate people about the specific benefits of solar energy for Jamaica. Entries can be individual or in teams up to 3 people.
Entries can take a variety of forms: online, written, displayed, or performed. Examples could include photography art installations, songs, dub poems, animations, essays, poetry, plays or videos. Submissions will be judged on their creativity and ability to communicate the importance of renewable energy in Jamaica.
There are three prizes on offer for winning teams: 1st US$250, 2nd US$150 and 3rd $100. Teams can be comprised of individuals or up to three people. Prize money was donated by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center.
Each winner with also receive a backpack donated by Bresheh, a Kingston-based social enterprise that designs and manufactures all its products in Jamaica.
Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Kingston to present their projects to a group of VIPs from government, business and civil society.
In addition to the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, local partners for the competition include the Scientific Research Council, Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Commonwealth Youth Council and World Merit Jamaica.
For more information and resources visit: http://www.solarheadofstate.org/solarchallenge
James Ellsmoor, Solar Head of State, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlinton Burrell, Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, email@example.com