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Alternative power sources kick in to the grid

By Echelon.

Published on September 26, 2012 with No Comments

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Alternative energy generation notched up by a few points, with the addition of 30 MWs of wind power in August. The recent addition takes total energy from alternative sources (including mini hydro and biomass) closer to the 10% threshold. The ministry of Power and Energy has set a goal of achieving 15% of the island’s energy needs through alternative or ‘green’ sources by 2015 and up to 20% by 2020. 400MW of this alternative energy is expected from wind turbine farms.


Sri Lanka has a total installed power generation capacity of about 3100 MW, with thermal and large hydro currently accounting for over 90 percent of the capacity. Just under a third of it is currently generated by the private sector, primarily running thermal plants.
In the Picture: Towering high above the green pastures of the Ambewela near Nuwara Eliya is Aitken Spence Power’s foray into wind power. The 3MW wind power farm is the conglomerate’s initial step in its commitment to significantly increase its interests in renewable energy.

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