July 16, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s electricity sector regulator, Public Utilities Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Moratuwa University yesterday to introduce a self- powered housing model for low-income households.
The aim is to provide the best architectural housing structure with the use of maximum daylight for low-income households.
“Energy Conservation is one of the main functions that PUCSL is empowered with by the Sri Lanka Electricity Act,” PUCSL Chairman, Saliya Mathew said at the signing ceremony.
“We are keen for regulatory intervention in energy conservation of Sri Lanka and it is an honour to collaborate with the University of Moratuwa. Signing MoU is indeed an important milestone for us.”
The MoU will lead the University and PUCSL to carry out a collaborative research project to identify the energy demand patterns of low-income households and to establish “End User Energy Demand Indices” with a sample housing model for low-income households in rural, estate and urban.
“This initiative fulfills a significant national need on satisfying Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to reduce GHG emission from energy by 4% unconditionally and 16% conditionally (against 2010 baseline) by 2030,” Prof. K.K.C.K. Perera, Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa said.
“Moreover, this helps to promote awareness of energy efficiency and energy conservation among low-income families in Sri Lanka”
The project led by Dr. Indika Rajapaksa- Senior lecturer, Department of Architecture of University of Moratuwa and Jayanat Herat – Director Corporate Communication of PUCSL, will investigate a sample of 300-350 houses in each district of Monaralagala, Kandy and Colombo in order to identify the low-income household energy usage patterns in rural, estate and urban.
The two-year project was proposed through the corporate plan of PUCSL 2019 with the aim of improving environmental conditions for every living being and to contribute towards easing the national burden related to energy costs in Sri Lanka.