The Guyana Solar Challenge 2019 challenged young people under the age of 26 in Guyana to use their creativity and educate the people of Guyana on the benefits of solar energy. Participants of the competition were allowed to use their imagination and think of a wide range of innovative ideas that would adequately convey the message to their communities. The Challenge preceded CARICOM Energy Month, observed in November under the theme “Empowering People, Building Resilience.”
Solar Head of State, a non-profit organisation in the United States, collaborated with multiple local and regional agencies, including the CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana Power and Light, and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network to host the challenge. In 2018, the challenge was also held in Jamaica. The winning entry was a song written by Ryan Bent:
Prizes were awarded to the winners of the Guyana Solar Challenge in November at the CARICOM Secretariat. The winning entry was an animated video written and produced by Renuka Persaud. In her video, she talks about the benefits of solar power in Guyana, current construction projects and feasibility studies, and steps that the Guyanese Government is taking to utilize renewable energy. Renuka won a cash prize of GY$100,000 for her winning project.
The second-place winner was Josiah Mentore, who won GY$60,000 for submitting a rap song titled ‘The Sun Is Out Wake Up.’ Omari Joseph wrote an essay that won the third prize of GY$40,000. The fourth-place entry was a song written by Esther Watson, who received a voucher.