Mar 22, Colombo: As a measure to reduce generation of costly thermal power, the Sri Lankan government has planned to set up floating solar power generation plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.
The Cabinet of Ministers has earlier given approval to implement the construction of a 100 MW of floating solar power plant as an integrated project joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.
Accordingly, the government has called international competitive proposals to build a 100 megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya reservoir.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake have jointly proposed to establish a joint venture with the Canadian Solar Institute to implement the project as a storage project to store solar energy with the use of solar panels in accordance with the proposal made by the Canadian Government.
The cabinet has also granted approval to appoint a joint Working Committee to conduct negotiations in this regard.
In the first stage the 100 megawatt solar power plant will cover around 500 acre area, which is less than four percent of the surface area of the reservoir, an earlier statement of cabinet decisions said.