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* President envisages meeting 70% of country’s total electricity demand from renewable energy by 2030
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 09:51 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 14, Colombo: President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has stated that plans should be made to generate 70% of the country’s total electricity requirement from renewable energy sources by the year 2030.

Due to climate change, all countries in the world are moving away from fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum to renewable energy. Annual increase in electricity demand in the country is 6%. Energy demand is expected to increase rapidly with the launch of development projects.

The President pointed out that renewable energy sources should be used as much as possible to pave the way for future generations to enjoy the benefits of sustainable development.

The President expressed these views at a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat Monday (14) on the future plans of the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development.

The President emphasized that the institutions that have the power to approve a project should prepare and maintain feasibility reports and the approval should be granted expeditiously. The President pointed out that if approval is not given when requested for a project within 14 days, it should be considered as approved.

The President noted that the government has given high priority to the promotion of renewable energy and instructed the Secretary to the President to issue a circular to all institutions to provide the necessary assistance to the government’s effort.

The President said that if all the projects selected through the tender process are not started within three months, the licenses issued for them should be canceled.

Basil Rajapaksa, Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival, pointed out the possibility of installing solar panels in connection with the 5,000 irrigation projects proposed for the renovation.

Basil Rajapaksa said that it was appropriate to give solar energy projects only to entrepreneurs in the relevant districts and to donate a certain percentage of the profits to farmers’ associations.

Attention was paid on the possibility of installing solar panels on the roofs of schools, factories and government buildings and the possibility of giving a portion of the profits to the relevant institutions.

The construction of wind farms in Mannar, Pooneryn and Siyambalanduwa is aimed at adding a significant percentage of renewable energy to the national grid.

The President also stressed that the government should do all it can to encourage private entrepreneurs to start wind or solar power projects.

Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma, State Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Secretary to the President PB Jayasundera, Secretaries to Cabinet and State Ministries, heads of line institutions and entrepreneurs in the energy sector were present at the discussion.


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