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Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

0.159 GW

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia, located at south of India in the Indian Ocean, with an area of about 65,610 km2 and a population of 20.3 million. The population is concentrated in the southwest, in urban centers along the east coast, and on the Jaffna Peninsula in the north. Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages, and English is commonly used in business communications and similar engagements. Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte is the administrative capital of Sri Lanka. This lower middle-income country is transitioning from a rural-based economy to a more urbanized economy with growing services and manufacturing sectors.

Sri Lanka is currently dependent on imported fossil fuels (petroleum fuels and coal) and indigenous biomass for its energy needs. Since the country lacks large quantities of indigenous fossil fuel resources, it is imperative that it develops indigenous renewable sources of energy to meet the rising energy demand. Recognizing this, Sri Lanka has pledged to realize carbon neutrality in the energy sector by 2050, in furtherance to its Nationally Determined Contributions of achieving 20% GHG emission reduction by 2030 ratified during the 22ndUNFCCC Conference of Parties in Morocco in 2016.

The government has identified decentralized solar power generation as a promising technology to cater to the growing energy needs. Apart from utility scale developments, small scale (1MW) and rooftop solar play a significant role and is considered effective since energy sources are located at the end user. The Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy, Ceylon Electricity Board, and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), the state-run organization responsible for renewable resources, have launched an accelerated solar rooftop program called 'Soorya Bala Sangramay'a (Battle for Solar Energy) in September 2016. The objective of that is, one million rooftops will be equipped with photovoltaic systems that will feed an additional 1,000 megawatts into the grid by the year 2025.

The community-based power programme aims at deploying micro solar power plants in one million households, religious places, hotels, commercial establishments and industries throughout the country. Solar panels are being provided at concessionary rates and low-interest bank loans are being provided to cover the start-up costs, often a significant barrier for market entry for many. In July 2016, the SLSEA announced that some 120,000 houses were using solar power from rooftop installations, with the authority hoping to see this number rise to 1 million by 2020.

As far as large-scale solar power projects are concerned, Hambantota Solar Power Station is the first commercial-scale solar-powered facility in Sri Lanka. With a capacity of 1.2 MW, the photovoltaic solar facility is operated by SLSEA. Hambantota is also now the location for Sri Lanka’s largest solar plant, a 20-MW facility being developed by LAUGFS Gas, currently under construction. Saga Solar, meanwhile, runs a 10 MW plant – also in Hambantota – commissioned in October 2016.

Other planned plants include a $14.5m, 10 MW solar PV project to be built in the northern Vavuniya district by Vydexa Power Corporation, and a new facility supported by the Indian government in Trincomalee. The SLSEA has also put forward a plan to issue mini-solar power licenses for plants under 5 MW in size.

In Sri Lanka, financing in solar power is done through combined financing investments with overseas banking agents or domestic peer bankers. DFCC Bank, Commercial Bank of Ceylon and Hatton National Bank partnered as co-financiers with the European Investment Bank to source green funding for the 10 MW utility-scale grid connected solar power project in Hambantota.

Specific lending portfolios exist for solar projects. Since 2014, Pan Asia Bank’s “Solar Loan Scheme” and The Commercial Bank of Ceylon's Green Energy Loans have been providing concessionary loans and credit facilities at special interest rates. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided USD 50 million to the government under the Rooftop Solar Power Generation Project in 2017 to finance qualified solar rooftop systems in the country.

According to a report by the ADB, by 2017, 7 solar photovoltaic projects adding 41 MW capacity to the grid had been commissioned. With respect to rooftop solar PV, a cumulative capacity of 30 MW across 7,570 customers had been connected to the grid on net metering basis by 2016. In September 2016, the government allowed two additional schemes for rooftop solar photovoltaic, where (i) surplus energy from solar photovoltaic can be sold to the grid at SLRs22/kWh for 7 years and at SLRs15/kWh thereafter, and (ii) energy from solar photovoltaic installations can be sold to the grid at SLRs 22/kWh through a separate meter. As of 2017, Sri Lanka had about 100 MW in installed capacity for solar power and intends to be able to generate 1 GW installed capacity by 2025.

NFP Details: 

Mr. Chamila Jayasekera

Director (Strategy)

Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority

Tel: +94-715344201

Photovoltaic Map: 
Global Horizontal Irradiation Map: 
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Sri Lanka approves more 1 MW solar power plants

Article on the government's approval of a 1MW solar power plants in the eastern Trincomalee and southern Moneragala districts to be built by four private energy companies .


Solar under shade

Article on the delays, caused by the government, in the implementation of solar projects in the country and mainly in the industrial sector. 


Lanka Electricity Company Limited (LECO)

LECO is an electricity distribution licensee in Sri Lanka to “Distribute & Supply” electricity to the customers in the designated geographical area.


Ministry of Finance (MoF)

The MoF is responsible for developing and executing the government's public finance policy, economic policy and long-term fiscal planning.


Central Environment Authority (CEA)

The CEA is the environment regulator responsible for integrating environmental considerations into the development process of the country. 


Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)

The CEB is the national power company in Sri Lanka and is responsible for nearly 100% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to customers on the national grid.

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Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2018-2037

This report, gives a comprehensive view of the existing generating system, future electricity demand and future power generation options in addition to the expansion study results for the covered period. 

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National Energy Policy & Strategies of Sri Lanka

This policy highlights the implementing strategies, specific targets and milestones through which Sri Lanka would endeavor to develop and manage the energy sector in the coming years in order to facilitate achieving its millennium development goals.

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Amana Bank provides Solar financing services to its private customers. 

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PPP Framework in Sri Lanka

This webpage provides information on the PPP Framework in Sri Lanka. 


Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI)

The main objective of the BOI is to attract and secure sustainable investments in Sri Lanka. It offers all relevant information to prospective investors. 

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Energy Projects in Sri Lanka

This webpage lists past ongoing and future energy projects in the country. 

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Sri Lanka's Solar maps

Webpage that provides solar maps for the country. 

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MPEBD Notices

This webpage displays news as well as tenders of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development (MPEBD) 

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SLSEA Procurement

Lists tenders for RE projects. 


10 MW Solar Plant in Sri Lanka

Video on a 10 MW Solar PV Plant in Plonnaruwa district, Sri Lanka.