“Today we got solutions for the question of how successfully continue the Solar Power Sector………………” ”
Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development states that “We had discussions with the CEB and Solar Power Suppliers’ Association and got solutions for the question how this industry will be successfully continued. Today we could come to a consensus benefitting both the parties. The media issued fake news and the both parties discussed together to settle all the issues.”
He pointed out these ideas at the meeting on revising electricity tariff in the solar power sector held jointly by the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development, Ceylon Electricity Board, Solar Power Suppliers’ Association of Sri Lanka and Renewable Energy Authority. Dr. M.B.S. Batagoda, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development and Senior Officials of CEB participated this event.
Mr. Batagoda, Secretary of the Ministry pointed out that the Soorya Bala Sangramaya which is a prioritized programme of the government has achieved to an optimum level and solar power sector should be developed to further continue the present direction of the solar power within the power sector of Sri Lanka. He added that the objective of the government is to add 1000 MW of power to the national power system by the installation of one million solar power systems on the roof tops of houses by 2025 and it has been planned to add 200MW by 2020. Mr. Batagoda revealed that the said 200MW has already been received now and 200 of new companies have connected to this industry and it has created around ten thousand job opportunities directly. He added that the recent news about the closure of Soorya Bala Sangramaya is not true.
Under Soorya Bala Sangramaya the earlier electricity tariff system has been revised. Several proposals have been submitted in respect of this with the concurrence of the service providing agencies under Soorya Bala Sangramaya and CEB.
Accordingly, it has been revised as every electricity consumer subject only to Net Plus method, A unit of electricity less than 50 KW is Rs. 19.75 for a period of 20 years, A unit of electricity is Rs. 18.75 in case electricity is purchased 50 KW to 1000 KW and a unit is Rs.16.00 if electricity above 1000 KW will be purchased with effect from 01st August this year,
Representatives of the Solar Power Suppliers’ Association of Sri Lanka also expressed their views.