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Sri Lanka to call for tenders to construct 150mw solar power plant

By Easwaran Rutnam

Sri Lanka will call for tenders within the next two months to construct a 150mw solar power plant, State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera said.

He said that Sri Lanka will eliminate its dependency on energy sources like coal and diesel over the next few years. The State Minister said that Sri Lanka will instead look to wind power, solar power, and biomass as energy sources by 2050.

The Government has already reached agreements with China in Hambantota, and India and Japan in other parts of the country to construct LNG power plants. However, he said that in the future, Sri Lanka will not look to reach fresh agreements on LNG power.

The State Minister said that local or foreign companies registered in Sri Lanka will be able to bid for the solar power plant adding that bidding will also be open to construct wind power plants in Sri Lanka.

“There will be a lot of opportunities in investing and financing in these areas,” he said at a meeting with a group of Chinese journalists.