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A 2000 unit ceiling on power consumption for institutions

Any institution, which consumes more than 2,000 units, will have to obtain 25 percent of that power from renewable energy sources in the future, Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake said. He said the Ministry has decided on the above step to further promote the “Sooryabala Sangramaya” programme (a programme to promote solar energy launched in 2016).

He said obtaining 25 percent of power from renewable energy sources would be made compulsory for institutions which consume more than 2,000 units and it would gradually be implemented from 2020-2030.

“The people’s opinion will be sought on this move. We need to collectively find a long lasting solution to the power crisis and we readily engage with the investors in the solar industry in this regard,” he said.

The minister was speaking at an event organized by the Sustainable Energy Authority held at Waters Edge. About 400 investors in the renewable energy industry took part in the forum.

“The entire world is keen on promoting renewable energy. We too should take forward this concept, but we have faced with practical difficulties. So far, renewable energy sources have added 628 MWs to our national grid. The ‘Sooryabala Sangramaya’ programme was not my initiative, but I will make sure that it gathers more speed during my time of office,” he said.


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