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100 Mw floating solar power plant on Maduru Oya


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The Government will construct a floating solar power plant with a capacity of 100 Mw utilising 4% of the Maduru Oya Reservoir (roughly 500 acres). 

The Cabinet of Ministers had previously approved the program jointly proposed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya as a policy, and the proposed plant is expected to be a first step in this direction.

Cabinet has also approved the implementation of a training project on prototype manufacturing of solar panels proposed in April last year. This is in line with the Government’s plans to generate 20% of overall electricity needs from renewable energy sources by 2020. Training will be provided by professors from the universities of Kelaniya, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Peradeniya and the National Institute of Fundamental Studies. (HK)

 


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