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Sri Lanka’s largest wind-power plant declared open

Sri Lanka’s first state-owned wind power plant ‘Thambapavani’ was declared open today by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The power plant with a capacity of 100-megawatts is constructed in Mannar.

Speaking during the event Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the present administration directed attention towards meeting the electricity demand in the country.

The Premier claimed the former Good Governance government did not have a stringent programme to provide a continuous power supply to the public adding that according to the Ceylon Electricity Board, it would’ve resulted in a power shortage.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa added another power plant is being constructed at present, to face this challenge.

Premier Rajapaksa stated the government is prepared to fulfil the expectations of the public.

The Premier said according to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s national policy framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, consumers will be transferred to electricity producers in future.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa added initial plans for the wind power plant were made in 2014, during his term as President.

The Prime Minister stressed while all countries speak of renewable energy, not all countries have resources.

The Premier added therefore Sri Lanka is fortunate as the country has resources to generate solar and wind power.

The Prime Minister noted the government’s aim is to generate 70% of power for the national power grid through renewable energy.

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