‘Rivi Aruna’ programme to install net-metering schemes in religious places
A pilot programme was launched where solar net metering solutions of 1 kW – 2 kW are introduced to the religious purpose customers. Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy Authority, Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company Pvt. Ltd. are working in collaboration for this task. Systems have been already installed in The Eight Sacred Places (Atamasthana) in Anuradhapura including Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanweliseya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), Malwathu Maha Viharaya, Asgiri Maha Viharaya, Tantirimale Raja Maha Viharaya, Kalani Viharaya, Veherahena Viharaya in Matara, Mihintale, Somawathi Rajamaha Viharaya, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Aluthgama Kande Viharaya, Kalutara Bodhiya, Mulkirigala Rajamaha Viharaya, Naigala Raja Maha Viharaya, Kasagala Raja Maha Viharaya, Wewurukannala Raja Maha Viharaya, Ramba Raja Maha Viharaya in Ambalantota, Nibbarama Viharaya in Hambantota, Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya, Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Kataragama Devalaya, Poddala Sumana Saman Devalaya in Rathnapura, Devinuwara Vishnu Dewalaya, Seenigama Devalaya, Sareththukade Muslim Mosque in Galle, Zahira Muslim Mosque in Maradana.
In the concept, it is expected that one time upfront investment for the installation of solar net metering is done, and the required electricity from the grid is thereafter minimal. In addition, multiple benefits are expected by the project, being reduction of the annual costs incurred to CEB, piloting of renewable energy/solar technology and its financial benefits at a place that can be easily accessed to general public and school children, promotion of solar net metering among general public, increased share of renewable energy in Sri Lanka, etc..