Sunpower Renewables & GRI connects 1.2MW to national grid under new Solar Code

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Sunpower Renewables (Pvt) Ltd, incorporated in 1987 and a trailblazer in the energy management and power generation sector in Sri Lanka, has added yet another first to its long list of achievements by becoming the first and only megawatt installation company to connect on the recently introduced Solar Code by the CEB in Sri Lanka.

Global Rubber Industries (GRI), a leading producer of Specialty Tyres in Sri Lanka, reinforced its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection by installing one of the largest rooftop solar systems in the country. With a capacity of 1,200kW (1.2MW), the solar panels are expected to generate 136,557kWh of electricity per month.

“Being technically equipped to undertake a complicated installation such as this, together with their 32 years experience and extensive knowledge in the renewable energy industry, Sunpower Renewables (Pvt) Ltd was chosen by GRI to install this state of the art solar power system” said Director / CEO Sunpower Renewables Mr Shammy Rajendra.

Sunpower Renewables commenced the Design and Construction of the project in late 2018 and completed it in January 2019, paving the way for the testing and commissioning of the system to the national grid. The latest introduction of the Solar procedure for HV Metering required several tests to be completed.

The required data needed by CEB, which included various extensive parameters was facilitated by Sunpower through the comprehensive data analysis platform provided by FRONIUS Austria the leading inverter manufacturer in the world. This green initiative spans across a roof area of approximately 90,000 square feet and the environmental impact of this system will help reduce over 1,100 Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions per annum, which is equivalent to more than 20,000 trees that could absorb CO2 annually. Thus GRI has successfully taken measures to support the country’s initiative to source 100% renewable generated electricity by 2050.

When SunPower’s solarisation program in Kurunegala got underway, it successfully powered thousands of households in Pansiyagama village as a joint venture between the National Housing and Development Authority (NHDA) and BP Solar Australia – a monumental moment for a country where solar power was virtually non-existent. This led to the largest rural-based solar infrastructure project in the world, making massive breakthroughs in the rural healthcare system with NAPS Finland.

Sunpower is also the company that connected the first 500Kw grid-tied solar system in Hambantota as a test project, along with the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Sustainable energy authority (SEA).

Sunpower also introduced solar technology to power the signaling infrastructure to support the then unpowered railway station deprived of grid power for the Sri Lanka Railways. SunPower has also designed, supplied and installed large scale solar rooftop systems at several universities, namely Peradeniya, Jaffna, Moratuwa Ruhuna, Batticaloa and the medical faculty in Sri Jayawardanapura, with research and development facilities funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Continuously pioneering the energy sector in Srilanka , Sunpower has engaged in the first ever wave energy project with Finland based AW –Energy, which is ranked number one in the world. It is estimated that wave energy will account for 10% of world energy demands in the future with an investment of US $ 900 Billion globally.

“With over 2000 clients and 4000 installations across several sectors, our aim is to unlock Sri Lanka’s potential and harness our strategic position to move forward as a country”, said Director CEO Mr Shammy Rajendra.

“Good ideas and great technology know no boundaries. At Sunpower, we have and always believed that whatever the application, Sri Lanka deserves the latest and the best in technology”.

(Media Release)