Hayleys unveils Sri Lanka’s largest capacity solar power plant in Welikande

www.ft.lk, 16th january 2017

  • ​Solar tracking system of the plant will ensure a 20% higher yield than a fixed one
  • Will contribute 22,000 mega watt hours of green energy to the national grid
  • At full capacity, the 10 mega watt plant can light up 10,000 homes

Hayleys Group PLC jointly with Windforce Ltd., in the forefront of renewable energy in the country, has commissioned their solar power plant. Located in Welikande in the Pollonnaruwa District, the 10 mega watt solar plant has been installed with a solar tracking system that will follow the sun’s rays to ensure an incrementally higher yield of approximately 20% energy, than the fixed tilt system. At full capacity, the plant could contribute 22,000 mega watt hours to the national grid plus generate enough electricity for roughly 10,000 homes.

The solar plant, built in an impressive five months and funded by the Hayleys Group along with Windforce Ltd., was declared open by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya in the presence of a distinguished gathering that included Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera and Hayleys Group Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithage, Windforce Ltd. Managing Director Asgi Akbarally, along with the leadership and management of Hayleys and Windforce.

“This is a momentous occasion for us as well as the entire country. We are happy to dedicate this plant to the nation. A plant of this magnitude reinstates the country’s ambition of transforming itself to a green energy producer and we at Hayleys take pride in doing our part towards this,” said Hayleys Group Chairman Mohan Pandithage.

“Through renewable sources such as this, we could significantly bring down the per household cost of electricity, while adhering and aligning ourselves to the Government’s energy policy and plan of meeting the country’s total demand from renewable sources,” added Pandithage.

The new plant will help nudge Sri Lanka’s total installed non-conventional renewable capacity across the 500 MW mark, of which Hayleys Group’s installed capacity of renewable energy alone in wind, hydro and solar, crosses the 50MW mark, according to Hayleys Aventura Managing Director Dr. Arul Sivagananathan.

The group, Hayleys, plans to obtain carbon credits for this project in partnership with Sri Lanka Climate Fund. A scheme will be set up whereby local businesses and corporates could obtain accreditation to offset their carbon footprint.

As solar power increases, Sri Lanka is expected to become self sufficient in renewable energy sources by 2030, according to Sri Lanka’s energy sector development plan.

Solar power generation plants have been praised by environmental groups as it generates clean energy. While reducing the impact of the problem of air quality, green resource can reduce the import of oil to our country and most importantly, keep average costs of electricity down.

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