A BOI company, Vydexa (Lanka) Power Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. has set up a 10 MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant in Kaththansinnakulam in Vavuniya. The facility consists of 35,721 numbers of 350 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) modules established on a land of 54 acres.
The PV modules are fixed on a single axis tracking system, which is capable of tracking the path of the sun throughout the day. This is the first project of this nature established in Sri Lanka and it is using 100% labor from local villages. The facility has therefore played a key role in uplifting the living standards of the people of the region. This renewable energy project is environmentally friendly and has resulted in saving 3,800 Metric Tons of diesel annually, to generate the equivalent amount of energy from thermal sources.
Besides, 16,000 MT of carbon dioxide emissions had been cut down annually as a result of the use of solar energy. In addition, as a result of this project, the local infrastructure has also been upgraded, including improvements to the road network, street lighting, religious places and even new direct and indirect employment opportunities created. The solar photovoltaic collectors are normally mounted on a fixed slope in large installations as individual collectors could track the sun throughout the day and year. Tracking of the sun is continuous.
Solar Farms are generally set up on barren or underutilized lands. This is an opportunity to put to productive use any excess lands by setting up on such lands large solar energy facilities. In the Vavuniya facility, it was done on land previously used for gravel excavation.
Solar power offers new options for energy needs for a nation such as Sri Lanka, which needs to industrialize in order to develop and create new opportunities for its population without sacrificing its pristine natural environment which is also a national asset in achieving that endeavor. The Energy sector, especially renewable energy such as solar energy, is an important segment of investment for the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka. Energy is important to both the public and for economic and industrial development.