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Parliament, Feb. 13 (Daily Mirror)- A Parliamentary Committee has observed that people must be informed of the need to pay attention to the direction of the sun when building a new house so as to install solar panels.

The matter was discussed when the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Energy and Transport met in Parliament recently under the Chairmanship of MP Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda.

Officials representing the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority pointed out that although people are concerned about various directions based on various occult science, they are not concerned about the direction of the sun when building a house.

They also mentioned that this situation has become concerning in the installation of solar panels.

Therefore, the Committee focused on planning a place to install solar panels in a new house.

Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority officials who were present pointed out that awareness programmes have been started at the provincial level and in the Western and North-Western provinces.

Because of this, the committee pointed out the need to inform the people about this situation and encourage the people to install solar panels.

The attention was also paid towards encouraging the use of LED light bulbs to reduce electricity consumption. The officials pointed out that with the intervention of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, it was possible to reduce the price of LED light bulbs and popularize them among the people.

It was pointed out at the Committee that by considering the percentage of reduction in electricity bills by the use of LED light bulbs, the amount spent even by giving LED bulbs for free can be earned within 2 months. Therefore, the Committee mentioned to pay attention on this regard.


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  • Jayantha Tuesday, 13 February 2024 09:45 PM

    Comeup with a plan to offer 1kw and 2kw solar on grids so that low budget people will also benefits

    Joshua Tuesday, 13 February 2024 10:55 PM

    Nonsense from thede useless politicians

    Kumara Ilangasinghe Tuesday, 13 February 2024 10:59 PM

    Only wealthy people can afford to install solar panels in this country. Better for the committee to recommend at least a 75% subsidy of the cost of installation. It is the government and the country that will benefit from a subsidy. This will never happen as CEB/Adani

    Pradeep Tuesday, 13 February 2024 11:03 PM

    The uneducated fellows in the palimentarient may say lot of things. It's the architect and planners know how to orient the buildings. Considering the direction of sun is also one of the key factor which is considered in designs.

    Dan Wednesday, 14 February 2024 03:37 AM

    Buildings can be oriented towards the sun path only when you have large blocks of land. Most urban residential blocks in Sri Lanka range from 6 to 10 perches. It's virtually impossible to orient elsewhere except face the access road. Great theories. But not practical.

    Dan Wednesday, 14 February 2024 03:37 AM

    Buildings can be oriented towards the sun path only when you have large blocks of land. Most urban residential blocks in Sri Lanka range from 6 to 10 perches. It's virtually impossible to orient elsewhere except face the access road. Great theories. But not practical.

    Dan Wednesday, 14 February 2024 04:00 AM

    Buildings can be oriented towards the sun path only when you have large blocks of land. Most urban residential blocks in Sri Lanka range from 6 to 10 perches. It's virtually impossible to orient elsewhere except face the access road. Great theories. But not practical.

    Smh Wednesday, 14 February 2024 05:04 AM

    Maximize sun for solar power. It is the best way to reduce energy costs. No need to believe in occult and superstition when building houses as these won't pay your electricity bill.

    Architect Dummika Bandara Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:56 AM

    House has to be built so that the front of the house is facing the road. Common sense is not very common among these officials.

    Kandiah Balendran Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:57 AM

    Blunder of Asia

    Fred Wednesday, 14 February 2024 07:11 AM

    Why don't you issue some guide lines to councils that issue the permits to build houses to ensure they are incorporated in the design.All this assumes people have the money to buy the panels which will add to cost of building which they then have to recover from energy saving. This may or may not happen if you buy inferior panels have you done a pilot project to show feasibility ?currently many are struggling with every day basics how to buy food milk how to survive

    sam silva2 Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:04 AM

    since sri lanka is above the equatorial the solar panel should face SOUTH.if the person who wrote the item should have mentioned this if he is reporting educating the masses.

    Be Fair Wednesday, 14 February 2024 08:06 AM

    Make sense , right? at least something sensible from a the bunch of 224

    Mohamed Adham Wednesday, 14 February 2024 11:56 AM

    First get the prices of Solar Panels reduced. Rest would fall in automatically.

    Frustrated maniac Wednesday, 14 February 2024 01:28 PM

    Idiots. Architects will not rotate buildings to hide from the sun. They will address those issues technically. You must capitalise on the views and allow creativity lead the cause. Will not be surprised if they come up with a regulation to say that all buildings must face north south. This will let one look at the neighbour's fence when there is a open space or a waterbody beyond on the west n east

    Cherath Wednesday, 14 February 2024 04:18 PM

    The government should open a fund to provide a set number of solar panels at a discounted rate for residences (those within the threshold of minimum income qualifying automatically for further discounts). The roofs of new houses need to be oriented with the sun, not necessarily the house. Architecturally, the capture of sunlight will already be taken into consideration.

    navratne willamune Wednesday, 14 February 2024 05:12 PM

    i have installed solar panels.well known company did it .it could take ages to recoup money invested.as the power storage batteries only have a limited life span...

    He is the savior of our public. Wednesday, 14 February 2024 05:43 PM

    Some wise men of Gotham has made a very wise suggestion. i.e. Give led BULBS FREE. Please show his face on the news. We will worship him and put up a statue in a public place. What is his name?

    Nimal Wednesday, 14 February 2024 05:53 PM

    Before looking for the sun, pls reduce exorbitant tax imposed on solar panels, so people can look for the sun's direction easily.

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 14 February 2024 06:22 PM

    Seriously? Do these idiots think everyone else is as stupid as they are?

    Gombetto Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:39 AM

    Pls go home. Don't try to make peoples' lives miserable by meeting up and discussing on things you prople are clueless and unaware about.

    Bada thadi gangsters Thursday, 15 February 2024 12:42 AM

    Solar panels, if affordable, could be rotated. Houses can't be rotated to your fancy


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