Sri Lanka Accelerates Roof Solar Investments, Says No to New Coal

Aug 18, 2021 10:20 AM ET
  • ADB has funded a system of Ari Lanka to supply 4% rate of interest fundings to citizens for installing roof solar.
  • Island can cut 4% of greenhouse gas discharges by eliminating new coal power by 2030.

After revealing its 2030 objectives of achieving 70% power via renewables, Sri Lanka is currently increasing its investments in rooftop solar and also planning to eliminate new coal power financial investments.

According to a UK-based information business that composes on the worldwide national politics of the climate crisis, Sri Lanka has obtained 35% of its electrical energy from renewables, mostly from hydropower, in 2019.

Currently, the Island has a single 900MW coal power plant, constructed with Chinese support in 2006, which satisfies around a 3rd of electrical power need. Uncertain prepares for a second coal plant, to be financed by India, were suspended in 2016 after conservationists submitted a lawful obstacle.

Dismissing brand-new coal power contributes to a target to cut the Island's greenhouse gas discharges by 4% from organization customarily by 2030 with nationwide investment as well as up to 10.5% with global assistance. The Lankan government intends to have a carbon-neutral electrical power generation system by 2050, according to the record submitted to UN Climate Change last month

Also, for increasing investments in roof solar, the federal government is prompting local Lankans to install roof solar energy by offering finances with at most a 4% interest rate. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has actually moneyed this scheme with a $50m lending.

This step comes after getting a USD 100 million Line of Credit (LOC) from India for numerous solar energy projects revealed for the island nation. That consisting of those throughout the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) kept in March 2018, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic systems for households as well as federal government buildings.

A key policy of the federal government is to produce solar power by setting up roofs on state-owned structures, churches, and also homes of low-income families. This would assist in procedures that have actually been required to increase the contribution of renewable resource resources to the nationwide power grid, authorities stated.

Consequently, for those solar projects, Sri Lanka announced to purchase the devices as well as materials from India itself. That USD 100 million LOC is a 15-year lending of a set price of 1.75% and that within 15 years, from the Export & Import Bank of India.

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