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The Government is to set up three solar power parks within one year in a bid to address the increasing electricity demand.

Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said the ministry had already taken the preliminary measures to commence the project.

Accordingly, each park is expected to generate around 100MW and would thereby contribute 300MW to the national grid. The Sustainable Energy Authority which comes under the purview of the ministry has been entrusted to implement the project within a period of 12 months.

Minister Siyambalapitiya also said that the project will be completed during the said period and added that instructions have been given to finalize the calls for tenders for construction work by the first week of May.

“The Sustainable Energy Authority has been instructed to identify the required land areas and complete the acquisition process,’ the Minister said.  Meanwhile, an official from the Sustainable Energy Authority said that they have already taken steps to call for tenders.
The Minister also said that they would be looking at new ways to store solar power storage facilities. However, he said they will use the battery storage system for the time being. The Minister also said the Government had not moved away from its plans to generate electricity through wind.