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Kilinochchi Renewable Energy Park on the cards: Duminda

The construction of a hybrid renewable energy park is on the cards in Kilinochchi. Renewable Energy Resources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake recently met Kilinochchi District Secretary R. Kethiswaran and other top executive officials to discuss the earmarking of a suitable land for the project.

The state minister told the Daily News that the proposed hybrid renewable energy park would consist of a wind power system capable of generating 240MW of electricity, as well as a solar energy system capable of producing 150MW.

“The authorities are moving forward with the land acquisition process and are finding suitable investors for the project. We plan to commence construction within one year,” Dissanayake said. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently commissioned the Ceylon Electrcity Board’s first wind power electricity generation plant to add 103MW to the National Grid, State Minister Dissanayake said.

“We aim to provide 80% of the country’s electricity supply through renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass by 2030,” he added.

It is expected that one unit of renewable electricity could be produced at a cost of Rs.10, enabling the reduction of the present electricity bill by twofold or more, the state minister said.

He added that under the master programme for the development of renewable energy sources, a large number of small-scale wind, solar, and biomass-based electricity generation plants would be set up in the North-Central Province.