The Power and Energy Ministry is to connect a 500KW solar power plant at Baruthankanda to the national grid next week, enabling solar power to become a major source of power in future.
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka says the solar power plant will be connected on Monday (8).
He said the solar power plant project was initiated to look at the country’s potential to develop solar power as a key power resource.
The solar power plant project has cost Rs. 412 million and had been funded byKorea.
The newly developed plant is expected to provide power to a land extent of 1.5 hectares.
According to Ranawaka, the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) is to supply environment friendly solar power to about 3,000 families in Hambantota from Monday.
The Minister has further noted that the Ministry has lined up several large scale solar power projects in the North and East as well as the North Central Provinces.
Solar power is expected to play a major role in the country’s power generation in future, Ranawaka has said.