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Producing renewable electricity accelerated to meet 2030 target

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development State Ministry to accelerate producing renewable electricity along with the local private sector and foreign investors. The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) under the State Ministry has been entrusted the project.

SLSEA Chairman Ranjith Sepalage said that since the establishment of the Authority in 2007, about 200 small-scale hydro power plants have been set up to generate 422 MW to the National Grid.

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake, meanwhile, has instructed the SLSEA to grant permission for investors to set up mini-hydro electricity plants in the upcountry without damaging the environment.

“Apart from generating hydro power electricity, we will produce solar and wind power islandwide. During the last few years, 18 wind power generation projects have been started in Mannar, Puttlam, Hambantota, Jaffna and Balangoda,” he said.

“About 458 MW of electricity is generated with 370 rooftop solar systems and large-scale solar power plants. We have generated 2,700 MW of electricity for the National Grid to date,” he said.

“The SLSEA will generate renewable electricity by sea waves and biomasses among others to reach the 2030 target. About 9,000 MW will be generated from solar systems and wind power in addition to 1,100 MW with biomass and mini hydro power units under the renewable electricity generation master plan within the next eight years.

Producing solar power will be encouraged and the industry will be promoted since there is a growing demand for solar power storage batteries in the world market, SLSEA Chairman Sepalage said.


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