Sri Lanka wants 20 pct of consumers to produce solar power: Cabinet

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Aug 18, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved promoting solar power on the roofs of homes so that at least 20 percent of consumers produce electricity.

“Currently 50 percent of electricity production in Sri Lanka is done by renewable energy sources and it is expected to increase this percentage to 60 percent in 2020 and to 70 percent in 2030,” a cabinet paper said,

“Accordingly, it is required to build wind power plants of 600 MW and solar power plants of 3000 MW within the next 10 years.”

The government will promote small solar power plants established on the roof of their houses by the project called ‘Soorya Bala Sangramaya’ (Battle for Solar Energy).

“It is expected to make at least 20 percent of consumers to produce electricity and it is expected pay for the excess electricity generated by the consumer.”

The proposal made by Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to implement this project within the next 10 years as a national programme was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The proposal did not give details of how this programme will be carried forward.