Sri Lanka's First Floating Solar Plant To Be Launched In Kilinochchi
Posted 24,January

By Chaveendra Dunuwille

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The 24th of January, 2022 will see the launch of Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna.

The above is a result of the research collaboration since 2017 between the University of Jaffna and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, HE Trine Jøranli Eskedal stated that Norway believes that increased access to clean energy will reduce poverty, improve health and mitigate climate change. He also mentioned that the involvement of the private sector is crucial for accelerating clean and sustainable energy production.

The partnership between universities and Norwegian private companies have been crucial to realize this project. Current Solar AS is the Norwegian developer of floating PV solutions under the trade name “Norwegian Solar floats™”. Norwegian Energy group Equinor and Innovation Norway, which is the Norwegian Government’s instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry have also supported the project. The floating solar power plant project is based on Norwegian marine knowhow from offshore and aquaculture industries and combines well-known features with innovative use of composite beams for the mounting of the solar panels.