Alternative sources of energy that are clean is becoming increasingly critical for industrial as well as domestic consumers all over the world. Vidullanka’s initiative is to harness and develop such sources for power generation in Sri Lanka by focusing on hydro, wind, solar and biomass resources and to later export this expertise to the region.
Vidullanka PLC’s current mini-hydro power operation consists of three plants. Their contribution of electricity to the National Grid exceeds 22 GWh. We are now engaged in constructing our fourth hydro power plant, thereby increasing the country’s clean energy production. It will boost our contribution to the national grid by 4GWh. The company has gained considerable experience and expertise in this sector and is confident of its ability to provide its services to interested parties or advise them on similar activities.
Wind power as an alternative source of energy is a fledgling energy sector in Sri Lanka and is yet to be fully developed. However there is great potential for doing so, as Sri Lanka experiences strong wind patterns in suitable locations for successful harnessing of this pollution-free resource. Presently there is an established wind farm in Hambantota on the south eastern coast, of 3 MW capacity, and a pilot project running a wind turbine to provide power to 12 village homes in Gurugoda in the north western province. Vidullanka’s initiative is to develop wind power generation in Sri Lanka and export our expertise to the region. Our pilot wind power project is progressing in Ambewela in the hill country with a projected 1.1 MW capacity.
In line with Vidullanka’s aim to further develop and supply alternative, cleaner energy, we have initiated a small scale project to grow biofuel for biodiesel production. At present, this indigenous power resource will not supply direct energy and therefore the power generated from this project will not supply the National Grid. Vidullanka will operate this as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) which will obtain Carbon Credits to be traded for development projects. The venture will develop a 2 MW agro-waste based power plant in the eastern province of the country to generate fuel.