Sri Lanka’s MAS fabric park signs up renewable power

April 03, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lankan apparel exporter MAS Holdings has signed up with a hydro power firm to buy electricity for an eco-friendly plant in a bid to reduce fossil fuel based energy use, an official said. . Under a five year deal, Nilwalabase Hydro Power Limited will supply between 2.5 to 4.0 million units of electricity to the MAS Fabric Park in Thulhiriya.

MAS group is hoping to cut down on fossil fuel energy at its industrial park and systematically shift to renewable sources such as small-hydropower, biomass, wind power and solar energy.

Using renewable power will allow 165-acre MAS Fabric Park to be certified as a manufacture of greener apparels for companies such as Marks and Spencer.

“To get that certification, we need to get power from a green source,” said Fernando.

The Park’s lingerie factory is considered the first factory in South Asia to employ renewable energy, the company said.

The Nilawalabase Hydro Power runs a 600 kiloWatt mini-hydropower plant in the hills of Deniyaya in the southern part of the island, which is transmitted via the national grid to the fabric park in western Sri Lanka.

It sells power to state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) which operat