Net metered solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are gaining popularity among the general public. Net metering involves a ten year contract, a generation facility with a limit of 10 MW or the contract demand of the premises and any renewable resource for power generation. The surplus will be credited to the customer, but no payment will be made for the surplus, nor can the customer sell it to another customer. Both electricity distributors, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Lanka Electricity Company Pvt. Ltd. (LECO), offer net metering to their customers. Both Regulations are nearly the same, with the only difference in fees payable. Technically, any renewable resource like hydro, wind, solar and biomass can be net-metered. But at household level, solar PV systems are the preferred option, owing to resource availability, smaller space requirements and ease of operation and maintenance.
The SEA developed a user-friendly tool which enables you to make the best choice for a net metered solar system for your home. This user friendly tool (configurator) was developed on MS Excel, based on data of list prices of panels and inverters provided by solar companies. You could select a system for your home just by entering your bill value and the amount of money you are willing to invest. We give you a variety of solutions, that would be displayed conveniently. For example, if you wish to seek a system that fits your budget, you could select systems sorted according to their prices or simple payback periods. Alternatively, if you wish to seek reputed bands, you could select companies sorted in alphabetical order. We give contact details of companies, so that you could always contact them for more information.
This tool runs a macro. If you are using MS Excel 2007 or lower versions, you would see an “Options” button in a message bar above the formula bar. Click on this button and you would be prompted by a dialog box named security alert. Click the radio button next to “enable content”. If you are using MS Excel 2010 or higher versions, you would see an “Enable Content” button over the formula bar. Click on this to enable it. (If you do not enable content, you would not be able to use the programme.)
If you have queries, comments or suggestions, please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your contact details. We will respond within two working days.
Institutions excelled in Energy Efficiency awarded at Vidulka 2013
Presentation of Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency awards organized by Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy was held on 12th December 2013 at the BMICH with grand inauguration of Vidulka 2013. Award winners posing picture with Hon. D.M Jayarathne Prime Minister, Democratic socialist republic of Sri Lanka, Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Hon. A.M Abdul Carder, Deputy Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Mr.B.M.U.D Basnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and Dr.Thusitha Sugathapala , Director General, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.
Promoting Renewable Energy Technologies in Provincial Level
Providing Rural Energy Services with Renewable Energy Technologies is a key concern of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. A two days workshop for creating awareness on the applicable and suitable renewable energy technologies for the Uva Province was held on 24th and 25th of October 2013, at the Heritage Holiday Resort-Badulla, with the participation of Chairpersons of Pradeshiya Sabha and technical officers of Uva Province. The workshop comprised of field visits, lectures and group works to plan the promotion of Rural Energy Services within the province. The foresaid programme was held with the participation of officials of the Ministry of Power and Energy, Uva Province.
SLSEA conducted an awareness programme for the staff of the National Hospital on 20th September and 14th October 2013. This is an initiative under the Energy productivity improvement programme for state institutions conducted by SLSEA with the coordination of the productivity secretariat. Medical staff from different units of the hospital participated for these sessions, where they had been given opportunity to be exposed to energy saving measures, specifically those applicable to hospitals and for offices and households in general.
Energy productivity improvement programme is being expanded to the provincial levels. The 7th inception workshop on this will be conducted is collaboration with the North Central Provincial Council. The programme will be held at North Central Provincial Council auditorium, from 8.30 to 2.00 p.m on 14th November 2013. Provincial programmes on energy productivity improvement have already been conducted in North-western province, Central province, Southern province, Western province, Uva province and Eastern province.
Capacity building programme for ESCOs
SLSEA recently launched a programme for enhancing energy efficiency services sector of Sri Lanka
is collaboration with the Korea Energy Management Corporation(KEMCO). As the first initiative of
the programme, a two-day capacity building programme for Energy Services Companies (ESCOs)
was held on 3rd & 4th October 2013. Chairman SLSEA, Mr.Prasad Galhena, Executive Director KEMCO,
Mr.Hyokyung Yoo participating the inauguration of the capacity building programme.
Technical Assistance from Korea for Energy Efficiency Services
Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), an institute for energy conservation and management under Korean Government join hands with SLSEA in providing technical assistance in enhancing energy efficiency services sector of Sri Lanka. Formal Exchange of letters in this respect was held on last 2nd October 2013 at SLSEA with the presence of Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman, SLSEA and Mr. Hyo Kyung Yoo, Executive Director, KEMCO.
Energy Efficient Lighting Guidelines for Residential Applications
In reducing electricity consumption in the household sector, lighting can play a significant role. Improper selection of lamps as well as poorly designed luminaires lead to extensive energy wastage, which can be reduced with basic understanding of incorporating energy efficient technologies in lighting applications. With assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB), Sri Lanka has formulated Energy Efficient Lighting Guidelines for Residential Sector. Outcome of detailed surveys on domestic lighting applications and the developments of lighting technologies have been taken into account in preparing these guidelines. Publishing the Guidelines was held on 4th October 2013 at Hotel TajSamudra, with the distinguished participation of Hon. Susil Premajayanth, Minister of Environment & Renewable Energy and Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power & Energy.
Small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in Sri Lanka face a number of challenges .One of them is high energy cost. There are intelligent and affordable ways to cut down on energy costs. By doing so, they may not only be able to reduce their energy bills, but also to modernize business as well as enhance the quality of products. SLSEA joined with IfadS and GIZ to develop concept of circular economy in SME sectors. A successful two day seminar was held at Chaaya Village Habarana on last 12th -13 Sep 2013. The aim of the seminar was to provide industrial and Commercial Small and Medium Enterprises with the necessary knowledge on methods and technologies to improve energy and material efficiency and enhance their business competitive.
Developing Technologies – The Gateway to a Sustainable Energy Future
SLSEA obtains Japanese expertise to establish an R&D framework for Sustainable Energy. A half-day seminar for key stakeholders with representations from both state sector and private sector organizations was conducted by SLSEA in collaboration with New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan on 2nd September 2013. This was a good forum for discussing the development activities in Japan in the areas of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation specifically focusing the current status of R&D activities implemented by NEDO in these thematic areas. The forum also provided opportunity to discuss on the present situation of R&D in Sri Lanka and the possibilities for development.
Invitation to Register Technology Providers for Net-metering Facilities
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), established by the Sri Lanka Sustainable
Energy Authority Act No. 35 of 2007, is engaged in renewable energy development and
improving energy efficiency. In order to allow domestic consumers to contribute to
renewable energy development effort, the net metering scheme was introduced in 2010.
A simple spreadsheet based tool was developed to assist the home owners to select
an optimally sized system and is available on the homepage of this Authority’s website
(www.energy.gov.lk). The prices of the panels in this tool have been carried out using
incremental inverter capacities of 100 W. However, the inverter capacities available in the
market could be different from this and are offered in a range of prices. In order to upgrade
this tool, we solicit the cooperation of technology providers by way of accurate information
such as available system sizes and their corresponding list prices.
As required in the Application for Net Energy Metering of an On-Grid Small-Scale
Renewable Energy Facility this Authority wishes to collect information and data
from operational net metered facilities in the country. As a first step of this process,
all technology providers are hereby invited to register with this Authority by
furnishing the Supplier Registration Form (two sheets, solar panel specifications and
inverter specification) downloadable at www.energy.gov.lk and mailing it back to
email@example.com or posting it to the address indicated below, on or before July 10, 2013.
We further wish to develop a web-hosted database on suppliers of solar PV panels, in
which the information we collect hereby will be integrated.
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
3G 17 BMICH
Do you want a net metered solar system in your home?
Net metered solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are beginning to emerge as pragmatic solutions to meet the ever increasing electricity prices and reduce an individual’s carbon footprint, especially for the homes which use more than 160kWh per month. Net metering is a policy that allows an electricity customer to use renewable energy sources within his premises to generate electricity and utilise it within his premises, and to export it to the national grid if excess power is being generated, to be recovered when needed. Therefore, the grid acts like an energy bank for the customer. This policy originated in the USA, but has now spread to many countries, including ours. Both electricity distributors, that is, the CEB and the Lanka Electricity Company Pvt. Ltd. (LECO), offer net metering to their customers. Both Regulations are nearly the same, with the only difference in fees for net metering. Net metering involves a ten year contract, a generation facility with a limit of 10 MW or the contract demand of the premises and any renewable resource for power generation. The surplus will be credited to customer but no payment will be made for the surplus nor can the customer sell it to another customer.
Technically, any renewable resource like hydro, wind, solar and biomass can be net-metered. But at household level, solar PV systems are the preferred option, owing to resource availability, smaller space requirements and ease of operation and maintenance. Solar PV systems are available in the market in wide variety, quality and of course prices. The most advanced solar technologies require no special expertise to be installed. The basic requirements are a solar PV panel, a micro grid-tied inverter and careful integration of the system together. The inverter output requires to be connected to the household supply, accompanied with necessary protection and isolating equipment, while a smart (two way) meter is installed in the house by the electricity service provider. The net metering scheme is effectuated upon signing an agreement.
The SEA developed a simple analytical tool to identify the ‘right size’ for a solar net-metering solution which enables you to make the best choice for a net metered solar system based on your level of investment. The user friendly tool was developed on MS Excel, and is uploaded below. Play around with numbers and decide on the right size of the solar panel to suit your budget.
Grant No.0303-SRI: Clean Energy and Network Efficiency Improvement Project
Individual National Consultant –for Project Management Support to SEA: Implementation and Monitoring Support for
Solar Rooftop Power Generation Pilot
The Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter called ‘Borrower’) has received financing from the Asian Development Bank (the ‘ADB’) in the form of a grant toward the cost of the Clean Energy and Network Efficiency Improvement Project.
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), an Executing Agency of the Borrower, intends to invite Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from individual consultants of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka to provide services as Project Management Support to SEA for the above-mentioned project. More details on the consulting services are provided in the Terms of Reference which can be downloaded at ADB website at: www.adb.org
Interested individuals should express interest through the Consultant Management System (CMS) on the ADB website mentioned above. Relevant documents (ToR and CV format), can be downloaded from the SEA website (www.energy.gov.lk).
Expression of Interest (EoI) shall be submitted to the ADB through the aforementioned website, while the sealed envelopes shall reach the undersigned by March 14, 2013, and be clearly marked with : “Confidential : Expression of Interest for Individual National Consultant- Project Management Support to SEA for the Clean Energy and Network Efficiency Improvement Project”.
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
3G 17, BMICH
Database for Renewable Energy Projects Development
Expression of Interests (EoI) is hereby invited from implementers of structured projects to transform a paper based process to an electronic system based on database software. The EoIs received will be subjected to a screening process. The interested parties are required to go through a pre-qualification process, which will evaluate;
(1) Previous experience in carrying out similar software projects
(2) Qualifications of the Technical Personnel
(3) Number of years in the IT business
(4) Client testimonials
The pre-qualified parties will be issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) and invited to take part in a Process Consultation session allowing them an opportunity to grasp the issue at hand, so that they acquire sufficient knowledge to develop the proposal for the simplest possible solution. The bids of the pre-qualified bidders will be entertained through a standard 2 envelope method for evaluation through a Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS).
The Terms of Reference for the assignment and a standard EoI template is downloadable at the official website of this Authority, www.energy.gov.lk
Please submit your EoIs on or before 1500 hrs of 31 October, 2012 to;
Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
3G 17, BMICH