Green light for floating solar power plant in Maduru Oya

The Collective Agreement for the Construction of a 100 Megawtt Floating Power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservior was signed between the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development and Canadian Commercial Corporation in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (9).

To solve the current power crisis and in order to make way towards low-cost electricity generation, the Cabinet of Ministers recently granted approval for a proposal to establish floating power plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zones.

This Cabinet memorandum was submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Environment and Mahaweli Development with both the Science, Technology and Research and Power, Energy and Business Development ministries.

According to a statement issued by the President’s Media Division, by the year 2030, at least 50 percent of the electricity demand is expected to be supplied by the floating power plant project to some areas.

The first project will be implemented in the Maduru Oya reservoir with the cooperation of Canadian Solar Inc. using solar panels and batteries which can store electricity. The 100-megawatt solar power plant will cover an approximately 500-acre area in the Maduru Oya reservoir which is less than four percent of the surface area of the reservoir. This floating plant will add 10 megawatts of power to the national grid by November this year and will generate its full capacity of 100 megawatts by September, next year.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Power, Energy and Business Development Ministry officials and Canadian High Commissioner in Colombo David McKinnon and representatives of Canadian Commercial Corporation were present for the signing.

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