Sri Lanka to call bids for 170MW wind and 100MW solar plants

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning call tenders for 170MegaWatts of wind and 100 MW of solar in the north of the island, Deputy Minister Ajith Perera said.

Sri Lanka is setting up a ‘hybrid renewable energy park’ in Pooneryn in the northern Jaffna district.

Competitive bids will be called ‘in a few month’ for the plants, he told parliament.

Another tender for two 10MW plants are currently open, Perera said.

Sri Lanka has received bids of 12.29 rupees a unit for two wind plants in the Jaffna peninsula from privately owned Ceylex Engineering, but the project has delayed following public protests because state-run Ceylon Electricity Board was expected to provide land.

Sri Lanka is also planning to float a tender for 90 units of 1MW solar plants.

An earlier tender for 60 x 1 MW solar plants had generated bids for an average 17.01 rupees a unit.

Sri Lanka wants to have 410MW of wind power and 410MW of solar power by 2020, Perera said. (Colombo/Aug29/2017)

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