As a long term solution to the ongoing power crisis, the Solar Industries Association of Sri Lanka has suggested the government to immediately grant approval to already applied ground-based solar power projects generating less than 5 MW of electricity.
The Association states this in its minimum cost long-term Solar Power Generation Plan (2019-2025) to be presented to the government.
The plan says for solar systems already established on roof tops, the tariff scheme approved at the installation should be continued and existing solar power operations should be carried forward.
The Association suggests that tenders should be called for ground-based and floating solar power projects and once the licenses are given, a clear, simple authorization process should be followed for immediate implementation of the project.
Speaking at a media conference held at the Nippon Hotel on Thursday, the Secretary of the Solar Industries Association Lakmal Fernando said the long term power generation plan with these proposals will be handed over to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) within the next week and expressed hope that CEB will pay attention to the Association’s proposals in future planning.
The CEB is already in the process of making long term plans for emergency power purchases, but no long term power generation plan, he said.
Fernando said that the country has gone into a power crisis due to the lack of planning and added that the country faces a daily loss of Rs. 1 billion when power cuts are imposed every day for three hours during the day and four hours during the night.
As the electricity demand grows every year, the authorities should pay attention to this immediately, Fernando pointed out. He noted that the crisis is resolved now that the rains have started but next year when the dry season arrives the problem will be aggravated again and until then the authorities will forget the problem.
Mr. Fernando pointed out that the government should intervene to install solar panels on the roofs of 6 million houses throughout the country.
The President of the Solar Industries Association Kushan Jayasuriya and Executive Committee Member Herath Dissanayake also participated in the press conference.