Renewable energy provides more than 50% power

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Cheap, clean and low cost renewable energy (RE) for the second consecutive day to Wednesday (11) provided more than 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s total electricity needs for the first time in the year, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) data released yesterday (12) showed.

Wednesday’s RE figure was 64.84 per cent (22.74 giga Watt hours (gWh)) and second was the environmentally pollutive and expensive imported coal 34.55 per cent (12.12 gWh) respectively. Total number of electricity units consumed on Wednesday was 35.08 gWh.

 In like developments, Wednesday’s RE electricity, similar to the previous day Tuesday, was powered by the inter-monsoonal rains and was once more led by CEB Hydro which provided 70.36 per cent (16 gWh) of all of Sri Lanka’s RE electricity needs on that day.  CEB hydro in turn was led by the ‘Mahaweli’ comprising Victoria, Kotmale, Randenigala, Rantanbe and the Upper Kotmale reservoirs, respectively.

Victoria, Kotmale, Randenigala and Rantanbe reservoirs were built during President J.R. Jayewardene’s tenure of office (1977-1988) after obtaining grant and/or concessional aid from the UK, Sweden and the then West Germany, while Upper Kotmale, though conceptualised during the Jayewardene era was implemented during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era (2005- 8 January 2015) after obtaining concessional aid from Japan.

The last time RE provided more than 50 per cent of Sri Lanka’s total electricity needs for two consecutive days was on 21 and 22 December 2021 (50.32 & 54.45 per cent) respectively.

BY Paneetha Ameresekere