<i>By Green Atilles</i>

Simple innovations can have a dramatic effect on the way businesses and markets operate in developing countries. Countries in the Caribbean have great potential for the development of economically and environmentally sustainable projects in key areas, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and biofuels. Local innovation and the adaptation of existing technologies to local circumstances are essential for increasing the competitiveness of renewable energy services and tackling environmental concerns. This competition seeks to support innovative projects, enterprises, and applied technology initiatives focused on the adoption, innovation, assimilation, development and transfer of technology in connection with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, having a tangible impact on the local or regional area, while supporting the development of sustainable economies and reducing poverty.

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Purpose:
To support the development of innovative projects, enterprises, and applied technology projects aimed at the adoption, innovation, assimilation, development and transfer of technologies in connection with renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, energy access, climate change mitigation and fossil fuel substitution.

How to Apply:
Applicants must fill in an online application form available at IDEAS’ webpage: online application form.

Each applicant may submit only one application. Applications will be accepted in Spanish, English or French. Applications are eligible from the following Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Deadline for submission of applications:
The proposals must be submitted once the online application form, available at IDEAS’ webpage: online application form, has been filled out between 15 February and 30 April, 2012. Any application received after this date will not be considered.