Dec 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka on its drive to meet its current and future electricity demand by use of renewable energy has planned to set up several solar and wind power plants in the North.
According to the Sri Lanka Central Bank's latest report on economic development, two 10MW solar energy parks in Valaichchenai in the Batticaloa district and Welikanda in the Polonnaruwa district are expected to be commissioned in 2019.
Meanwhile, a 100MW solar energy park is being constructed at Siyambalanduwa in the Monaragala district, which is expected to commence energy generation by 2020, while another 100MW solar energy park will be commissioned in Pooneryn in the Kilinochchi district by 2020.
A 300MW wind energy park is expected to be constructed in Mannar Island. Initially, a 100MW wind power plant is planned to be constructed at the site.
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) meanwhile, has approved the Least Cost Long-Term Generation Expansion Plan of the CEB for the 2018-2037 period with the view of ensuring energy security and continuous supply of electricity in the country.
The approved plan is in line with the government's policy target of generating 70 percent of the country's energy requirement through renewable sources by 2030.