A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower  youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana. 

Second place winners in the Jamaica Solar Challenge were at Jamaica House last October to receive their prizes. Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented the prizes, including first prize to Ryan Bent of the University of the West Indies and Negril. (Photo: Solar Head of State)

P.S. Don’t forget the Virtual Island Summit kicks off next week! (October 6 – 11). Free enrolment is here. This is a unique way to network with around 100 islands globally – and a range of topics, from sargassum to renewable energy, will be addressed by experts.

CARICOM and Guyana Power and Light Join the Guyana Solar Challenge

October 1st 2019: Solar Head of State (SHOS) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) are pleased to announce the new partnership with Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), CARICOM, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), MPC Capital, Guyana Ministry of Environment, Public Service International (PSI), and Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) for the Guyana Solar Challenge – a national competition to engage and educate youth nationwide about the benefits of renewable energy.

CARICOM aims at creating climate change resiliency through sustainability development and energy supply in the Caribbean. CARICOM focuses on identifying funding gaps and potential solutions, building capacity and research, developing information and knowledge management, and promoting and providing regulatory solutions that support sustainable energy solutions in the Caribbean.

GPL is the largest supplier of electricity in Guyana. Providing electricity through generation, transmission and distribution along the coastal plain of Guyana. GPL has recently completed the feasibility study for 3MW Solar P Farm.

MPC Capital is an international real asset investment management firm focusing on real estate, infrastructure and shipping. MPC Capital is committed to investing in projects that deliver positive impact on the environment and communities in which they invest. [N.B. MPC Capital’s Clean Energy Fund launched its 51MWp solar PV facility at Paradise Park in Westmoreland, Jamaica, in early July].

Guyana Ministry of Environment is responsible for leading the transformation of Guyana into a green state and ensuring environmental management and compliance across the country.

PSI is a global trade union federation representing women and men who deliver public services. It works with the United Nations system and in partnership with labour, civil society and other organizations. PSI believes that the fight against climate change is a fight for system change, and that workers must be part of climate solutions, and benefit from just and equitable transition programmes.

CYEN is a non-profit that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programs to address socio-economic and environmental issues. It is dedicated to developing strategies to engage and facilitate youth participation in the development process.

CYC represents 1.2 Billion young people of the Commonwealth. It is the largest and most diverse youth-led organization in the world. CYC plays an integral role in advancing the youth development agenda and co-ordination of activities and policies of the Commonwealth youth. The council represents the voice of young people within 52 Commonwealth nations.

The Guyana Solar Challenge is open to young people between 12 and 26 years of age. Competitors are asked to harness their creative energies (in a form such as a song/video, art installation, performance piece, viral meme, sculpture) towards raising awareness about renewable energy, specifically its potential to deliver long-term economic benefits, reduce harmful environmental impacts, and increase energy security and independence for Guyana. Winning projects will demonstrate creativity and an ability to educate the public about the specific benefits of solar energy for Guyana.

Winning projects will receive the following prizes: the first prize – GY$100,000, the second prize is – GY$60,000, the third prize – GY$40,000, and the fourth prize is a $15,000 GY voucher. The deadline to submit entries for the Guyana Solar Challenge is October 31, 2019.

For more information visit here.


Contact information:

SHOS: James Ellsmoor (Director), jellsmoor@solarheadofstate.org +1 919 338 4564 (WhatsApp only)

CYEN: Kiefer Jackson (Guyana National Coordinator), cyeninguyana@gmail.com +1 (592) 625 3411

CARICOM: Nadia Mohammed (Project Officer, Energy), nadia.mohammed@caricom.org + 1 868 479 4219

GPL: Shevion Sears-Murray (Public Relations Officer), ssears-murray@gplinc.com + 592 600 6046A

Solar panel installation in the Caribbean. (Photo: Solar Head of State)

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