Launch of the Jamaica Solar Challenge

Solar Head of State is proud to announce the launch of the first ever Jamaica Solar Competition – a national competition for young people from across the country to learn more about the benefits of renewable energy.

Competitors aged 12 to 26 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 of up to 3 people.

Entries can take a variety of forms: online, written, displayed, or performed. Examples could include photography art installations, posters, 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 two age groups (12-18; 19-26) each with three prizes on offer for winning entrants: 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. Other sponsors are the RECAM Conference and the Florida Intercultural Academy.

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.

Local partners for the competition include the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica, Caribbean Youth Environment Network, Commonwealth Youth Council, World Merit Jamaica and Renewable Energy Caribbean.

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 Thanks to our principal sponsor CCIC for their contribution to the Jamaica Solar Challenge

Thanks to our principal sponsor CCIC for their contribution to the Jamaica Solar Challenge