Public and private sector joint venture solar energy project at Hambantota
With the intention of increasing the capacity to meet the ever increasing power needs of the country a new solar energy project was started. The inauguration ceremony was held on 21th of January 2017 at Hambantota with the distinguished participation of Honorable Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Hon. Ajith P. Perera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy and Senior officials of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and Ceylon Electricity Board.
This is the first-ever public and private joint venture solar energy project, where Sustainable Energy Authority(SEA) and Laugfs Power Limited are joining in implementing the project. This solar power plant is expected to add 10MW of power to the National Grid. The Minister stated that government has formulated short term plans to face the present drought period and expected to supply continues power without additional cost although the drought has prevailed for 6 months.