The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy seeks to add a total of 520 megawatts (MW) of wind power generation to the national grid by 2020 and 2021.
Of the 520 MW, 300 MW will be generated from wind power plants to be constructed in the island of Mannar, the initial phase and stage of which will involve the construction of wind turbines to generate 100 MW. There are to be two 10 MW wind power plant projects in the Chavakachcheri area and two 100 MW wind power plant projects, one in Pooneryn and the other in the Siyambalanduwa area in Monaragala. Wind is a natural, renewable and environment friendly source of energy.
Meanwhile, Director (Development) at the Ministry, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that they were at present in discussions with the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka with regard to amicably resolving the matter of the Least Cost, Long Term, Generation Expansion Plan 2018-2037. Regarding the ongoing process in this regard, what is important is that there are more power plants which can meet the growing power and energy and electricity related demand, he noted.