Sri Lanka to convert public schools and hospitals to solar power: minister

ECONOMNEXT – Sri Lanka is considering converting some government facilities, including schools and hospitals, to solar power following a recent tariff hike, Energy and Power Minister Kanchana has said Wijesekara.

Wijesekara told parliament on Tuesday September 20 that work was already underway in this regard.

Opposition MP Ajith Mannapperuma said the Sri Lankan parliament pays 800,000 rupees a month for electricity. Mannaperuma, an engineer by profession, asked if Parliament could be converted to solar power to save costs.

“Not just the parliament, we have started the installation of solar panels in many government institutions including a number of hospitals. We hope to complete this by the end of the year,” Wijesekara said in response. to the deputy.

“We are also working on a project to provide electricity to public schools using solar panels.”

Sri Lanka has raised electricity tariffs by 75% after an eight-year delay as a currency crisis in the country hampered the supply of fuel to generate electricity, leading to more than 10 hours of power outages. current at the beginning of the year. Daily blackouts now have a reduced duration, but still continue.

Minister Kanchana also said the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is in the process of procuring two 10 megawatt floating solar panels through a $100 million donation the government received from the government. ‘India.

He hopes to provide electricity using the floating panels to low-income families and places of worship. (Colombo/September 20, 2022)

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