Hayleys unveils Sri Lanka’s largest capacity solar power plant in Welikande

Hayleys 10MW Solar Plant

Jan 16, 2016 (LBO) - Hayleys Group PLC, together with Windforce Pvt Ltd, have commissioned their 10 megawatt solar power plant. Located in Welikande in the Pollonnaruwa District, the solar plant has been installed with a solar tracking system that will follow the sun’s rays to ensure an incrementally higher yield of approximately 20 percent energy than the fixed tilt system. "At full capacity, the plant could contribute 22,000 Mega Watt hours to the national grid plus generate enough electricity for roughly 10,000 homes," a statement said. The solar plant, built in five months and funded by the Hayleys Group along with Windforce Private Ltd, was declared open by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya. Also present were Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith Perera, Chairman and Chief Executive, Hayleys Group, Mohan Pandithage and Managing Director, Windforce Pvt Ltd, Asgi Akbarally. “This is a momentous occasion for us as well as the entire Country. We are happy to dedicate this plant to the nation.
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A plant of this magnitude reinstates the country's ambition of transforming itself to a green energy producer and we at Hayleys take pride in doing our part towards this" said Pandithage. “Through renewable sources such as this, we could significantly bring down the per household cost of electricity, while adhering and aligning ourselves to the government’s energy policy and plan of meeting the Country’s total demand from renewable sources.” The new plant will help nudge Sri Lanka’s total installed non-conventional renewable capacity across the 500 MW mark, of which Hayleys Group’s installed capacity of renewable energy alone in wind, hydro and solar, crosses the 50MW mark, according to Arul Sivagananathan, Managing Director, Hayleys Aventura. The group plans to obtain carbon credits for this project in partnership with Sri Lanka Climate Fund. A scheme will be set up whereby local businesses and corporates could obtain accreditation to offset their carbon footprint. As solar power increases, Sri Lanka is expected to become self sufficient in renewable energy sources by 2030, according to Sri Lanka’s energy sector development plan. Solar power generation plants have been praised by environmental groups as it generates clean energy. While reducing the impact of the problem of air quality, green resource can reduce the import of oil to our Country and most importantly, keep average costs of electricity down.