IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest 2012 – Closing workshop

April 3rd, 2015

By Lumas Kendrick 


Where will the ideas come from that will solve the pressing energy problems in the Caribbean?  On March 17th the IDB, GVEP, and UKAID met at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston  to celebrate the winners of the IDB’s 2012  IDEAS Innovation project to take a look at some of the proposed solutions.

In 2012, Eight winners of the  IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean were selected, following a selection process which considered over 189 proposals.  Awards of up to US$200,000 were offered to the following winning projects and enterprises which promote energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the Caribbean region:

  • Caribshare Biogas Project, Echos Consulting, Jamaica
  • Community hydroponic farming with solar energy, The Family Garden, Jamaica
  • Energy efficient hybrid solar agro-products dryer utilising alternative renewable energy and liquid desiccant technologies, Caribbean ESCO Ltd., Jamaica
  • Collect and recycle used vegetable oil to Bio-diesel, N.V. VSH Foods, Suriname
  • Rural solar acceleration project, N.V. Guguplex Technologies SAC, Suriname
  • Fuel efficient and clean cooking stoves, Prakti Design, Haiti
  • Electrification for rural Haiti, B2D, Haiti
  • Optimisation of the energy efficiency of a bagasse co-generation project, GSR Energy Limited, Belize

These winning proposals were granted a total of US$ 1,486,000, to develop innovative energy efficiency or renewable energy solutions that have local or regional benefits, provide jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition to grant funding, winners will received technical and business development support to implement or scale up their ideas, as well as access to other experts, policy makers, institutions and potential financial partners.

The Energy Innovation Contest (IDEAS) is an initiative that seeks to support the development of innovative technologies and business models that promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, biofuels and access to energy in rural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It was launched in 2009, and the IDB is about to announce the Fifth Edition’s winners. Up to today, more than 2,500 proposals from 28 LAC countries have been received and 53 winners have already been selected.

The 2012  round of the contest was targeted specifically at the Caribbean, with financial support provided by UKAid from the Department for International Development (DFID).  The wider contest is also sponsored and supported by GVEP International, the Government of South Korea, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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One Response to “IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest 2012 – Closing workshop”

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