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Solar power added to national grid

Aug 6, 2011 11:32:58 AM - itnnews.lk

Solar power will be released to the national grid on Tuesday.

Nature has assisted in implementing the government’s programme to illuminate the entire country with electricity.

The first solar power plant in the country has been set up at Baruthan Kanda, in Walsapugala, Hambantota. The plant was constructed under the guidance of the ‘Sunithya Energy Authority’ of the Sri Lanka Electricity Board. The Korean government has granted aid amounting to 412 million rupees for the project. The Ministry of Power and Energy said that it releases 500 kilo watts of power to the national grid. Fuel has become the 2nd biggest generator of electricity next to hydropower. The generation of electricity with fuel is expensive and a notable feature of this programme is the generation of solar power throughout the year without high expenditure. Another solar power plant is being constructed close to the Baruthan Kande Solar Power station. The government is expecting to fulfill all power requirements of the country by next year. Usage of environment friendly resources will expedite the development process and make the task more meaningful.