+ In line with increasing the quality of electricians in the country, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, is set to establish an accepted professional status for electricians by accrediting their qualifications and experience. Damitha Kumarasinghe, the Director General of PUCSL, added on that with this system in place, the professional status of the electricians will be uplifted as well as the safety & quality of the electrical installation assured

+ During Sri Lanka’s President visit to New Delhi, India on March 12, India announced that they will be providing US$100 million concessional financing for solar projects. The Indian Line of Credit includes the development of 200,000 rooftop solar units for low income families for US$ 50 million, and rooftop solar units for Government schools, colleges, hospitals and other Government establishments in Sri Lanka for another US$50 million.

+ Moragahakanda – Kalu Ganga’s Multi-purpose Development Project has been declared open by the Sri Lanka President, Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Undertaken at a cost of $450 million and funded by China, the project will be used mainly for water supply, irrigation and electricity generation. The new hydropower plant will add 25M2 to Sri Lanka’s national grid.

+ Aggreko International Projects Limited and a unit of Sri Lanka’s Hayleys Group have won the tender to supply 100MW of emergency thermal power to the country’s national grid. Aggreko will supply 56MW at the rate of RS. 28.063 per kilowatt hour, while a joint venture between Hayleys Aventura (Pvt) Ltd and SES Smart Energy Solutions Fzco will supply 44MW at the rate of Rs. 28. 367 per kilowatt hour.