Plans to build 1,200 mini solar plants in Kurunegala 

Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma

A total of 1,218 100-kilowatt mini solar power plants will be built in the Kurunegala District, Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma recently said while addressing a meeting held in the Kurunegala District. 

Adding that the relevant 1,218 transformers have already been identified, he said that even though there are 482,887 houses in the Kurunegala District, only 753 houses have solar panels on their roofs, which currently generate 12 megawatts. 

According to the Minister, special attention has been given to setting up power plants in the Kurunegala District with the use of transformers, and the Kurunegala District will become the main district that generates solar power. 

The Minister added: “Even though the electrification of this district is 98%, there are 4,668 houses in this district that do not have electricity. I believe that by the end of this year, all difficulties pertaining to giving electricity to houses would have been resolved, and all houses will have electricity.” 

The Minister went on to say that after the Norochcholai Power Plant was added to Sri Lanka’s power sector, to date, no such major power-generating initiatives had been commenced. 

He further stated: “Solar and mini-hydro power plants generate only around 300 megawatts, and a major power plant not being added to the national grid for seven years is a huge issue. This is not the Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB) fault. We are planning on starting the two Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) power plants. We are taking steps to commence the construction of one power plant by next month, and to call tenders for the other power plant within the coming two weeks.” 

The Minister further stated that a policy-level decision has been taken to establish a Deputy General Manager zone to ensure that the electricity consumers of the Kurunegala District receive a high-quality service more conveniently.