Jan 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka has commenced the first stage of the national program of empowering state establishments with solar power today from the Ministry of Finance. The national program aims to electrify all state establishments with solar power within two years.
The program was launched under the patronage of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.
According to the Ministry, the measure would reduce its electricity bill by Rs. 200,000 rupees per month.
Expressing his views at the event, Minister Karunanayake said that transformation into a new source of energy protecting the environment is a special occasion in the rapid development journey of the government. He emphasized that the government's intention is to alleviate poverty and steer the country on a new path.
The Minister further noted that the economy handed over to the Government two years ago was collapsing and burdened with loans. The income was not sufficient even to pay the recurrent expenditure. But according to the Minister, trend has been reversed and the government has been able to pay the recurrent expenditure paving the way to manage the debts in a new method.
State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena pointed out that action was being taken to enhance the country's revenue situation through the proper management of expenses of state institutions. The State Minister said that the solar power empowerment program is one step to manage the expenditure.
He pointed out that while managing the expenditure through the solar power empowerment program, their intention was to manage the other expenses of state institutions and increase the revenue of the country.