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Next budget will set plan to benefit electricity consumers – Power Minister

Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma  and State Minister Duminda Dissanayake at the project site. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe
Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and State Minister Duminda Dissanayake at the project site. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe

A renewable energy development plan will be introduced to benefit electricity consumers with the forthcoming budget, Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

He was speaking at a media briefing after inspecting the Mannar Wind Power Generating Plant construction site recently.

It will add 103 MW to the national grid. Thirty three wind turbines are installed along the Mannar beach as well and 30 units of them have been already set up. The plant management said that $135 million will be invested in the projects.

Minister Alahapperuma told the media that the President will develop renewable energy sources, mainly solar wind and biomass for providing 70 per cent of the electricity requirement by 2030. The Mannar Wind Power Plant was a turning point in the power and energy generating history similar to that of the first hydro power station in Lakshapana 70 years ago.

“Our economy is burnt by diesel. One electricity unit produced by diesel costs Rs. 30 or more. By promoting renewable energy sources the country will get economic benefits, and reduce environmental pollution to zero level. Solar wind and biomass power have not been exploited to their maximum potential yet,” the Minister said.

Renewable Energy Sources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayaka said that it was for the first time, a President has set up a separate ministry to generate electrity from renewable energy sources.

He said that the country incurred a huge amount of foreign exchange expenditure for energy resources, since the country is not gifted with petroleum energy sources.

“Thanks to the President’s farsighted vision, an alternative energy source was found locally.

We will increase the wind power electricity generation at the Mannar project shortly by another 300 MW. Another project will be set up in Poonerin to generate 400 MW.

A solar power plant will also be set up in the Sabaragamuwa Province to generate 100 MW,” State Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.