Obstacles in Using Solar Energy in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka has strong solar resources and solar power is one of the cheapest sources of energy. However, ground-mounted solar power requires a lot of land and given Sri Lanka’s high population density, agriculture needs, and declining forest cover, land access can be challenging.

The government’s Battle for Solar Energy program envisions 1000 megawatts of solar power generation capacity by 2025—all from the rooftops of homes and businesses. In 2017, ADB approved a $50 million loan for Sri Lanka’s Rooftop Solar Power Generation Project, which would finance the development of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems.

The above mentioned Asian Development Bank Initiative was never brought into the local news or made awareness back in 2017. No one spoke of the Huge opportunity to produce electricity with solar power. The main issue is that the general public is not up to date with global power demands and trends.

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