To remind our leaders what we need today: Wind Power to save forex spent on fuel imports.
Posted on January 16th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne

Today it is reported that we do not have enough dollars tro buy coal and oil to produce electricty.

All we need is a few thousand wind turbines sited at Madugoda, at Ramboda, at Ohiya. at Haputale- at places where there is ample wind power, not sited on the coast to run with the evening breeze.  It will create employment for hundreds and all with little foreign exchange to import only the turbine mechanism. Even that I am dead cert that Jinasena Pumps can make it locally. It can all be done within a year if we work at the pace our men  worked  at the GODB- Gal Oya Development Board in the early Fifties
I repeat my earlier message:

A Message from the Wind that howls and blows

Posted on December 12th, 2020

By Garvin Karunaratne  

See the source image

Two decades ago,
Motoring up Altamont Pass in California
I gazed at thousands of Wind Turbines.
It was the Californian Wind churning power for the USA.
I could hardly believe my eyes.
Once five centuries ago,
It was the  Wind that took Vas Co de Gama across the Cape of Good Hope,
But not in Sri Lanka
Where at Ramboda, Madugoda, at Hayes
The wind howls blowing us off the roads
Once in the Fifties, living in Hambantota
My evening walks were all to enjoy the sea breeze
The Winds wafted and soothed me; never blew me off
It is this evening breeze that wafts the turbines at Mannar and Puttlam
Our big wigs are happy with 100MW
It is sad that we do not site our turbines
Where the Wind howls and blows
Instead, let the wind blow through
Let Sri Lanka import fuel for power
Continue getting more and more into foreign debt.

By Garvin Karunaratne, author of

Wind Power for Sri Lanka’s Energy Requirements(2019)

2 Responses to “To remind our leaders what we need today: Wind Power to save forex spent on fuel imports.”

  1. Cerberus Says:

    hank you Mr. Garvin Karunaratne. One of the most abundant things we have in Sri Lanka is sunlight and wind. We can get the full benefit from it and get all our energy needs from the sun and wind if we adopt what Germany did a few years ago.
    In Germany a few years ago they introduced a guaranteed price for renewable energy for a period of 20 years. The net result is now Germany is leading in renewable energy. They shut down 84 coal plants and most of their Nuclear plants. The investment was mostly done by the Private Sector. Why don’t our leaders follow the same model that has worked for the Germans so well? If we do that, we could cut down on the import of coal, crude oil, and diesel, save Forex and solar energy electricity for all our needs such as cooking, vehicles, all powering, needs, etc. In the USA too they give tax incentives for homeowners to install solar panels on the roofs. We need to think out of the box in terms of clean energy instead of using coal plants and diesel generators.

  2. Sudath Gunasekara Says:

    My Dear Garvin,
    Congratulations on you timely few lines on wind.power. Only last night I was thinking of wring on this, solar and Hydro as the only answer to the power crisis in this country As I understand it, I don’t think there is any other country in the world that is blessed with these three gifts given by mother nature in the same scale as we have and right through out the year.
    But where is the brain to our politicians and policy makers to understand the potentials of this country and its genius human talent.
    But none of these three bring commissions to politicians and big wigs to open Pandora accounts in foreign countries When are we going to get patriotic leaders like in the distant past, like A’Pura and Polonnaruwa periods who have the brain to understand these potentials on the land and around this resplendent Isle gifted by god to the Sinhala nation.
    I will pen few lines on this subject as soon as possible at least for people like you to read.
    Thank you so much for opening the door for z live debate.

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