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* First wind energy plant in Sri Lanka opens
Mon, Mar 22, 2010, 07:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Kalpitiya: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka today ceremonially inaugurated the country's first ever commercial wind energy plant at Kalpitiya in Puttalam district in the North Western coast of the country.

The 30-Megawatt plant operated by a private enterprise, Senok Wind Power is located on a five-kilometer long and one-kilometer wide strip of land in the Kalpitiya area.

Senok Wind Power will use eight units of 1.25MW wind turbines from the Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy to supply 10MW of wind turbine capacity. The plant is estimated to generate 28 million Kilowatt hours of energy annually.

The location experiences winds in a north easterly direction from December to February and much stronger winds in a south westerly direction from May to September.

This is the first project to feature megawatt-class turbines in Sri Lanka's wind energy sector and also the first project by a private company.

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