Blowing in the Wind

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) wants to build its own wind power plant after efforts to attract a private investor failed. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) wants to build its own wind power plant after efforts to attract a private investor failed. The utility is planning a 30 MW wind plant in Kalpitiya in the Puttalam District.

The CEB already has a 3MW demonstration plant up and running in Hambantota, while the proposed plant in Kalpitya is ten times as large.

Though wind plants cost next to nothing to operate, start up capital costs are high.

“Per Unit price is high,” says Ranjith Gunawardana, Ceylon Electricity Board.

Kalpitya is believed to be a top site for wind generation in terms of cost and wind resource. Ideal sites in the hill country are not readily accessible.

“Best site is Kalpitiya and Mannar along the coast. Access is difficult in the up country, because the units are heavy,” Gunawardana said.

The CEB is hoping to slash costs by applying for a grant from the German government.

CEB officials are hopeful that the estimated Rs 2.7 bn capital cost could be financed from a renewable energy f