President’s renewable energy target attainable, says senior engineer

By Ifham Nizam

Sri Lanka is capable of producing 10,000 MW through renewable energy, in keeping with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision of achieving 80 per cent renewable energy by 2030, a senior electrical engineer said.

Speaking at the two-day Renewable Energy Growth Forum -Sri Lanka Chapter conference, which commenced, yesterday, Public Utilities Commission’s Damitha Kumarasinghe said that while it was a tough challenge, it also provided good investment opportunities.

Kumarasinghe said that the contribution of renewables to the national grid was 656MW in 2018, but with proper investments a target of 10,193MWs could be achieved in 2030. He also said that within the past five weeks Qatar, India, Australia and USA had initiated massive renewable energy promoting projects, which showed the interest countries had in renewables.

The event was inaugurated by Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera, Indrani Vithanage, Additional Secretary (Power & Energy) Ministry of Power, Sri Lanka; Vinod Jacob, Acting High Commissioner, Indian High Commission, Sri Lanka; Dr. Asanka S. Rodrigo, Director General, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority; Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General, Public Utilities Commission, Sri Lanka ; Toshimasa Masuyama, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)and Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director, Informa Markets in India.

Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, for Informa Markets in India said, "The increasing economic growth in Sri Lanka has resulted in a corresponding increase in demand for energy within the country, a demand set to rise with the development of country’s present service and manufacturing-oriented economy. Sri Lanka needs the support and collaboration from the public and private sectors to boost the use of solar and hydro power."

"The Renewable Energy Growth Forum provides international attendees a platform to network, share knowledge, be informed on latest trends, best practices, innovative solutions, engage in a balance technology mix and discuss the roadmap ahead. In just our 3rd edition we have seen the visiting delegation growth by 100 %. This year too, we look forward to fruitful collaborations and an unparalleled experience with our Sri Lanka Chapter."

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