The Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera stated to the Parliament today, September 20, that after the recent increase in electricity tariffs, Sri Lanka expects to convert several government institutions, including schools and hospitals, to solar energy, and that work is already underway in this regard.
Because “Sri Lanka’s parliament pays rupees 800,000 per month for electricity,” MP said.
“Not just parliament, we have commenced the installation of solar panels in many government institutions including a number of hospitals. We are hoping to finish this by the end of the year,” said Minister Kanchana Wijesekara responding to the MP.
“We are also working on a project to provide electricity to government schools using solar panels.” MP said.
Sri Lanka hiked electricity tariffs by 75 percent after a delay of eight years as a currency crisis in the country hampered the supply of fuel to generate electricity resulting in over 10 hours of power cuts in the early part of the year. Daily power cuts have now reduced in duration but still continue.
Minister Kanchana also said the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is in the process of procuring two 10-megawatt floating solar panels with a 100-million-dollar donation the government received from India.
He hopes to provide power using the floating panels to low-income families and religious places.