Sri Lanka on track to connect 377MW of solar power by 2020

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has so far built 177 MegaWatts (MW) of rooftop solar and a further 300MW of larger plants are under development or contracts have been awarded, ministers said as part of a plan to build 1,000MW of solar capacity by 2025.

In addition, construction of a 100MW wind park had started in 2018 November in Mannar in northeastern Sri Lanka, which will be connected to the grid in 2020, State Minister for Renewable Energy Champika Premadasa told parliament.

Premadasa said 177MW of rooftop solar had been connected so far by through under the ‘Soorya Piyasa’ schemes involving 20,000 people.

Of 60 contracts given for 1MW solar plants, about 37 are now almost completed and are being connected to the grid. Similar contracts for another 90 stations have been awarded, Premadassa said.

Ajith Perera a former Deputy Minister of Power said five 10MW solar plants have also been awarded under a licensing scheme for private developers.

Ajith Perera a former Deputy Minister of Power said the Asian Development Bank has financed a 50 million US dollar credit to help rooftop solar where loans were given at 8 percent through state and private banks.

Perera said five 10MW solar plants had also been awarded under standardized licenses.

Cabinet approval was recently given for talks on a 100 MW floating solar plant on Maduru Oya reservoir with Canadian funds.

It was false to say that not a single megawatt has been built in the last three years, he said.

Sri Lanka is facing a power crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled a 500MW coal plants and the current administration dithered for three years failing to award a 300MW stop gap thermal power plant amid alleged corruption without re-tendering the plant. (Colombo/Apr01/2019)





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