Students can be Energy Ministers in their homes - Minister
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said students can
be the Energy Ministers in their homes and if the entire student
generation which represents around 4.2 million are active in energy
preservation , Sri Lanka will save a great deal of energy.
Minister Champika Ranawaka
“If they managed to switch off 2.6 million refrigerators operational
from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm we can preserve 215 megawatts from the national
“If we switch off one bulb of 60 megawatt during that time it will
preserve 175 megawatts and save money and energy, the minister said.
Power and Energy Ministry yesterday inaugurated its national
programme of awareness campaigns on energy conservation among
schoolchildren to create a country where energy is preserved for the
next generation, at Vishaka Vidyalaya.
The programme was initiated jointly with the Education Ministry, and
workshops and seminars on power preservation will be held throughout the
country with the support of zonal education officers.
Around 1000 students representing 30 schools attended the
inauguration ceremony under the auspices of Power and Energy Minister
Patali Champika Ranawaka.
The programme is organized by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and
Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (SLAEA). A team comprising 60 experts
have been trained under the direct supervision of SLAEA.
An island wide competition on energy preservation under the
sponsorship of Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has been arranged to attract
The Power and Energy Ministry sources said the objective of holding
these programmes is to educate schoolchildren on power preservation and
encourage them to be the decisive factor in controlling power in their
Students who show talent and dedication to reduce electricity bills
in their homes will be awarded prizes and scholarships, it was
confirmed. Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (SLAEA) Director General
Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala, Vishaka Vidyalaya Principal Sandamali
Abiruppala and Sri Lanmka Telecom Mobitel Senior General Manager Nalin
Perera were also present.