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The government to subsidise the first 50 MW of dendro power to popularise dendro energy in Sri Lanka. The government to subsidise the first 50 MW of dendro power to popularise dendro energy in Sri Lanka. “The government will support the first 50 MW of pioneering dendro developers,” said Harsha Wickramasinghe, Project Director, Energy Conservation Fund.

At the moment Sri Lanka has only one dendro plant connected to the national grid.

The Walapane dendro plant, by Lanka Transformers and Ceylon Tobacco, contributes 1.2 MW to the national grid.

In future though, Dendro will be the renewable energy source that will receive government patronage.

“An inter-ministerial committee is in the process of formulating a development strategy for dendro,” says Wickramasinghe.

The committee will identify barriers to large-scale usage of dendro power and strategies to overcome them.

This includes an attractive enough tariff structure to pull in private investment.

At the moment dendro power is bought by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) at the going rates for independent po