Solar power development in Sri Lanka – 500 kW SPV plant commissioned

Posted on September 12, 2011 by

A newly commissioned Solar PV plant commissioned in Hambantota last month is the first “scale” and grid connected power plant in the country. It will generate 2,300 units of electricity daily, translating to an annual generation of 839,500 units.The project cost was Rs 412 million (around 3.7 million USD) and it was funded by the Korean Government. It will supply power to 3000 rural families. Another SPV plant is under construction in the same area and will be operational soon. Currently, RE contributes only 6% of the national power generation, excluding the electricity generated by large hydropower projects.Similar to India, Sri Lanka targets to increase the RE contribution to the grid to 10% by 2015.

Source: GENI

Being located close to the equator, Sri Lanka has near uniform solar radiation. The solar resource map for Sri Lanka

shows the solar radiation in the range of 4.0 – 4.5 kilowatt-hours per square meter per day on most parts of the flat dry zone that makes up almost 70% of the area of the country.

On a related power sector note, Sri Lanka entered into an agreement to set up coal power station in Trincomalee. This project will be a joint venture between India and Sri Lanka, at an estimated cost of US$ 500 million and it targeted for completion in 2016.

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