Mar 01, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government will call international competitive bids to build a 100 megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya reservoir and allocate funds for a training project for prototype manufacturing of solar panels.
The solar power plant will cover four percent of the surface area of the reservoir which is spread over an area of 500 acres, the latest statement of cabinet decisions said.
The proposal was made by President Maithripala Sirisena as minister of Mahaweli development and Ranjit Siyabalapitiya, minister of power and renewable energy and minister of science and technology.
The cabinet has also given its nod to go ahead with a training project for prototype manufacturing of solar panels.
Professors from four universities Kelaniya, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Peradeniya and one from the National Institute of Fundamental Studies will be conducting the training sessions.
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The ministry of science and technology has been allocated an additional 80 million rupees for obtaining the required equipment, chemicals and consumer goods for the project.