“The power revolution was initiated with the Thambapavani wind in the Thampanni land…”
- The first LNG power plant
- The first solar park
- The first waste power plant will be vested with public in near future.
(Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power stresses at the occasion of including the first wind power park to the national grid)
Minister of Power, Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma emphasizes that “the giant step taken to today directing the power sector towards renewable energy will be written in gold in the history. The revolution of renewable energy just started will not end soon. We are ready to mark several outstanding turning points within the coming four years of the development process of the country towards prosperity. He emphasizes foundation stone will be laid for the L.N.G. power plant to be built in Kerawalapitiya by January first week, first solar power park will be established in Siyambalanduwa and waste power plant will be established soon”.
The Minister of Power expressed these ideas at the event of including the first wind power park established in Mannar by Hon. Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa to the National Power Grid adding 103 MW to the national grid.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that today is a historic day that our Hon. Prime Minister enjoys fruitful results of a Cabinet Paper he submitted in 2014. Not only as a country, but also the power sector this is a day made a giant step in the process towards success. Although H.E. the President is not here today, we as a nation should pay him our gratitude for his decision of making renewable energy the key source of energy in this country. Today, in an era that the entire world is trying to get rid of fossil fuel, as a country we should be happy about the fact that Sri Lanka is moving towards renewable energy through the vistas of prosperity and splendor. with renewable energy through the vision of prosperity in an age when the entire world is trying to get rid of fossil fuels. Today we have come to a turning point that our national economy is equipped with renewable energy. This wind power plant could be introduced as a golden turning point for the future of the earth made by a nation that respects and loves the earth.
The special feature of this power plant is that project planning as well as technical knowledge is owned by the CEB. When we turn back to the past it is evident that the power sector possesses a number of special milestones in its long journey. Invention of the first light bulb in 1882, establishment of the first gas power plant of 03 MW 1992, Establishment of Lakshapana Hydro Power Plant in 1950, Establishment of the first transmission line from Lakshapana to Kolonnawa, Establishment of the Ukuwela Power Plant in 1976, Submission of the present Electricity Act of 2009 and establishment of the coal power plant in 2011 is special among them. With all that, this golden mark left today will go down in history as indelible. The land of Mannar is a land where many important secrets are hidden. Along with them, the significant event which took place today will be marked as indelible in the history. Mannar is a land which is embedded with number of secrets .That is why this area was designated as an Energy Conservation zone in 2013. This land possesses gas deposits that are a glistening sign of our future.
The remedy to darkness is light. Today, as a nation, we all should have the national determination to get that light from renewable energy and sole determination to get rid of fossil fuels. Even though there are many difficulties with the revolution that just today, we will be able to have a vision of energy self-sufficiency and independence.
The Minister said that “At this moment I invite all citizens to stand together as a proud nation that born in an independent island to make the vistas of prosperity and splendor meaningful through the turning point in the power sector emerged by the winds blowing from Thambapavani”
Hon.Duminda Dissanayake, State Minister of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Hon. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Fisheries, public representatives of the area and senior officials of the Ministry of Power and Energy and the CEB were also present at the occasion.