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India to provide hybrid renewable energy systems for three islands off Jaffna

  • 01 Mar 2024
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As an important milestone in India-Sri Lanka Energy Partnership India will provide a Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Delft, Nainativu and Analaitivu islands off Jaffna which are not connected to the national grid.

Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Government of Sri Lanka and M/s. U Solar Clean Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd signed a contract for the implementation this project in the presence of High Commissioner of India Santosh Jha and Minister of State for Power and Energy Indika Anuruddha today.

Indian High Commission in a media release said the project, which is aimed at addressing energy needs of the people of the three islands, is being executed through grant assistance from Government of India. The hybrid project combines various forms of energy including both solar and wind, towards optimizing capacities. 

India’s assistance to the project for the people of the three islands, which are not connected to the national grid, underscores the significance attached to bilateral energy partnership as well as the human-centric nature of development partnership, the high commission’s announcement further said.

The energy sector was identified as a priority area in the India-Sri Lanka Economic Partnership Vision document which was adopted during the visit of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to India in July 2023. Several landmark initiatives such as the power grid connectivity, multi product two-way oil pipeline are currently under discussion between India and Sri Lanka in the energy sphere.

Indian government’s overall development partnership portfolio stands at USD 5 billion with almost USD 600 million being in grants alone. While several flagship grant projects such as 1990 Suwaseriya Emergency Ambulance have already been completed, others such as the third and fourth phases of Indian Housing Project and Sri Lanka Unique Digital Identity Project are under different stages of implementation.

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