Plans have been implemented to set up a Solar Power Park in Hambantota with financial aid from Japan and Korea under the supervision of the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka.
This Solar Power Project to be established in the Buruthakanda area in the Hambantota District will be completed in 2 phases. While financial aid for the first phase will be provided by the Japanese Government, The Korean Government has pledged it’s assistance for the 2nd phase. Under this project the Japanese Government has pledged a sum of Rs. 1.2024 million to construct a power station which will add to the Nation Grid 737 KW of Solar power. The Ministry of Power and Energy stated that this project is scheduled to be completed by August next year.
In addition with the assistance of Rs. 513 million from the Korean Government and Rs. 114 million from the Sri Lankan Government another Solar Power station is to be built in the same Buruthakanda area in Hambantota. The Ministry of Power and Energy anticipates a further contribution of 500 KW of power to the National Grid.
The Sri Lankan Government will provide the Infrastructure facilities for this project while the Ministry of sustainable energy will spearhead this project. The Ministry of Power and Energy stated that currently the first phase of the project is underway while is anticipated that with the implementation of this Solar power project 963 tonnes of Carbon dioxide could be prevented from entering the atmosphere, while a saving of 429,800 Lt of Diesel is also anticipated.