How Do We Develop New Renewable Energy?

The Government of Sri Lanka envisaged developing New Renewable Energy technologies to reach a 10% target in power generation by 2016. This target was successfully achieved a year ahead in 2015. A further target has been set to increase this target by 20% by 2020.

The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority was established upon realising the necessity of having an apex institution to drive Sri Lanka towards a new level of sustainability in energy supply and use, through increasing indigenous energy and improving energy efficiency and energy conservation within the country. With this landmark legislative instrument, the absolute ownership of all renewable energy resources was vested in the Republic under the provisions of Section 15 of the Act, treating it as any other national resource. One of the main objectives of the Authority is to identify, assess and develop renewable energy resources with a view to enhancing energy security and thereby derive economic and social benefits to the country.

 

How is NRE Developed?

Any person (an individual or a company) may apply to develop a renewable energy project anytime, irrespective of whether the person holds any rights to the resource or land in which the resource has occurred. An Application to register a site can be made after payment of the prescribed application fee to us. Thereafter the Applicant is required to obtain planning approvals from various Line Agencies to be able to proceed forward. Application forms can be obtained from us.

The Body charged with scrutinising Applications and granting Approvals is known as the Project Approving Committee (PAC). The PAC is established under provisions of Section 10 of the Act. The PAC comprises of Heads or their representatives of Government Institutes pertaining to the granting of planning approvals for the development of renewable energy projects.

Continuing in the evolution of renewable energy development, the process is now evolving into a competitive process, where the most cost-effective developers are favoured against the less cost-effective developers.

We also conduct periodical awareness programmes to facilitate and enable renewable energy development. The primary target group of these programmes are the officers of line agencies involved in the process of granting approvals for carrying on and engaging in renewable energy projects. The objectives of the workshop are;

  • To create awareness on the Government’s policy to develop renewable energy, the resource allocation process, declaration of Energy Development Areas and grid interconnection of NRE projects
  • To create awareness about the role of the Project Approving Committee and the responsibilities of officers of line agencies in the approval process
  • To impart knowledge on Geographic Information Systems services offered by us in facilitating resource allocation through EnerGIS
  • To discuss planning issues and possible solutions in granting approvals for Projects located in close proximity to excluded areas
  • To establish a forum with the PAC representative for conflict resolution
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