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“With the objective of ensuring secure electricity supply to the national grid and to optimize the domestic energy requirements, the ministry of power and renewable energy plans to generate 20% of its electricity requirement from non-traditional energy sources.
Accordingly, it had been decided give priority to develop 450MW wind powered power generation plant. In the initial step of the project, 100MW power will be added to the national grid by the year 2018. The estimated investment for this would be US $ 200 million. Funds from the Ceylon Electricity Board and the local banks were helpful in financing the project”. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said participating at an observation visit to the wind power garden site to review its progress.
The minister said that this program is being conducted parallel with the “Ratama Eliyai, Adura Duralai” (A brighter country – banishing darkness) National Electrification campaign. He further said that he will do his best to provide a secure energy supply giving priority to protect the environment in the future.
Many officials including Mr. Ajith P. Perera the deputy minister of power and energy, Mr.Arundika Fernando Deputy Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Politicians of the local government and the Secretary to the ministry, Mr. Suren Batagoda participated at the event.