Jamaican government taps into the youth to spread the word about renewable energy


21-year-old student Ryan Bent of the University of the West Indies, won the competition, taking home the first prize of $75,000JMD ($570USD) for his production of a snazzy Reggae song which attempts to explain the benefits of renewable energy, to the youth communities across the country.

Students and participants were provided with guidelines to design projects that inspire their communities to recognize and learn about the benefits of solar power. Submissions came in various forms, including written, displayed, and performed. The challenge was hosted by Solar Head of State, a nonprofit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings, in partnership with local youth groups.


Solar Head of State said the winning projects were able to demonstrate creativity and ability to communicate effectively, and with originality, the advantages of adopting renewable energy sources for Jamaicans.

Amy Hussey, Adrienne Lee and Eva Wynter from the American International School of Kingston, who submitted a team entry, won the second prize of J$40,000 (US$300); while third place went to 19-year-old Phillip Llewellyn who won J$17,500 (US$130).

Awards were presented during a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, which has recently commissioned its high-efficiency, state-of-the-art solar PV array.

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