70% of electricity should be generated from renewable energy by 2030: Prez

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Plans should be devised to meet 70% of the country’s electricity demand using renewable energy sources by 2030, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said.

The President said all countries across the globe are inclined towards the usage of renewable sources of energy abandoning fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum due to climatic changes. 

According to the President’s Media Division, President Rajapaksa made these comments during a discussion with the State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday.

“We should harness renewable energy sources as much as possible for our future generations to experience a sustainable development,” he said.

He said the Government has made the promotion of renewable energy a top priority. President advised the Secretary to the President to issue a gazette calling for all the institutes to assist in this endeavour.

The President said that if all the projects selected through the tender process are not commenced within three months, the license will be revoked.

The construction of Windfarms in Mannar, Pooneryn and Siyambalanduwa is aimed at adding a significant percentage of renewable energy to the national grid, he said.

The President also stressed that the government should do all it can to encourage independent entrepreneurs to start wind or solar power projects.

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, State Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera, Secretaries to Cabinet and State Ministries, Heads of Line Institutions and Entrepreneurs in the Energy Sector were also present at the discussion.

  Comments - 9

  • Dreamer Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:33 PM

    Impossible dreams!!!

    sam silva Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:44 PM

    Mr President We need a solution at present not in 2030. By that time most of us will be gone.

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 15 September 2020 05:55 PM

    Is that why high pollution coal power plants from China are to be installed ?

    BigEars Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:00 PM

    All empty talk after a signing a unsolicited coal power deal.

    Leel Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:44 PM

    Those who doesn't know how power generation works gives this type of silly talks. If implemented then every day blackouts.

    ishi Tuesday, 15 September 2020 06:45 PM

    Sure. I installed solar panels for my home and I have been exporting a lot of units to the main grid every month for the past six months. CEB hasn't paid me even a single cent yet. How about you start by paying what you owe to people first?

    Kathir Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:46 PM

    So you intend to stay on power till 2030?

    E.N. Gineer Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:26 PM

    Gazette Notifications - the magic wand - Presto - all institutes are eagerly waiting to assist developers without expecting anything in return - mission accomplished.

    Siva Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:31 PM

    Noracchlai needs to be totally shut down. Thus the directive will be compled.


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