First commercial wind-energy plant to start this month
Posted on March 19th, 2010

Sri Lanka News

Sri Lanka’s first commercial wind energy plant owned by Senok Wind Power is scheduled to start operating this month. The 10 Mega Watt plant is located in the North Western coast of the isalnd in the Kalpitiya area of the Puttalam district.

The plant which is run by a private enterprise is located on a five kilometre long strip of land. Its width is one kilometre. The company has installed eight wind turbine generators bought from India. Officials say the plant is estimated to generate 28 million Kilo Watt hours of energy annually. This particular location experiences winds in a north easterly direction from December to February and much stronger winds in a south westerly direction from May to September.

Meanwhile India’s Suzlon has become the first major wind turbine player to enter the neighbouring Sri Lankan market, with an order to supply 10 megawatts (MW) of capacity to this project developed by Senok Wind Power.

Suzlon, India’s largest wind turbine-maker, had delivered eight 1.25MW turbines during the year 2009 to the Kalpitiya region.

The order is a milestone for Sri Lanka’s nascent wind sector, marking the first Sri Lankan wind project to feature megawatt-class turbines, and the first to be developed by a private developer.

“Sri Lanka has considerable potential for wind and other renewables, and a great need for power to drive growth,” says Rohit Modi, president of Suzlon India. “We believe there is a bright future for wind energy in Sri Lanka, and have an exclusive partnership in this region with Senok Group.”

Sri Lanka’s Senok Group is a diversified business conglomerate, with interests ranging from construction to mining. The group has previously invested in mini-hydro projects.

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