Sun­power-gri connect SL’S only 1.2MW in­stal­la­tion...

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - BUSINESS -

Sun­power-gri connect SL’S only 1.2MW in­stal­la­tion un­der HV Me­ter­ing so­lar pro­ce­dure Sun­power Re­new­ables (Pvt.) Ltd, in­cor­po­rated in 1987 and a trailblaze­r in the en­ergy man­age­ment and power gen­er­a­tion sec­tor in Sri Lanka, has added yet another first to its long list of achieve­ments by be­com­ing the first and only megawatt in­stal­la­tion com­pany to connect on the re­cently in­tro­duced So­lar Code by the Cey­lon Elec­tric­ity Board (CEB) in Sri Lanka.

Global Rub­ber In­dus­tries (GRI), a lead­ing pro­ducer of spe­cialty tyres in Sri Lanka, re­in­forced its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal protection by in­stalling one of the largest rooftop so­lar sys­tems in the country.

With a ca­pac­ity of 1,200kw (1.2MW), the so­lar pan­els are ex­pected to gen­er­ate 136,557kwh of elec­tric­ity per month.

“Be­ing tech­ni­cally equipped to un­der­take a com­pli­cated in­stal­la­tion such as this, to­gether with its 32 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­ten­sive knowl­edge in the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try, Sun­power Re­new­ables (Pvt.) Ltd was cho­sen by GRI to in­stall this state-of-the-art so­lar power sys­tem,” said Sun­power Re­new­ables Di­rec­tor/ceo Shammy Ra­jen­dra.

Sun­power Re­new­ables com­menced the de­sign and con­struc­tion of the project in late 2018 and com­pleted it in Jan­uary 2019, paving the way for the test­ing and com­mis­sion­ing of the sys­tem to the na­tional grid. The lat­est in­tro­duc­tion of the so­lar pro­ce­dure for HV Me­ter­ing re­quired sev­eral tests to be com­pleted.

The re­quired data needed by the CEB, which in­cluded var­i­ous ex­ten­sive pa­ram­e­ters, was fa­cil­i­tated by Sun­power through

the com­pre­hen­sive data anal­y­sis plat­form pro­vided by Fro­nius Aus­tria, the lead­ing in­verter man­u­fac­turer in the world.

This green ini­tia­tive spans across a roof area of ap­prox­i­mately 90,000 square feet and the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of this sys­tem will help re­duce over 1,100 met­ric tonnes of car­bon emis­sions per an­num, which is equiv­a­lent to more than 20,000 trees that could ab­sorb CO2 an­nu­ally. Thus, GRI has suc­cess­fully taken mea­sures to sup­port the country’s ini­tia­tive to source 100 per­cent re­new­able gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity by 2050.

When Sun­power’s so­lar­i­sa­tion pro­gramme in Ku­rune­gala got un­der­way, it suc­cess­fully pow­ered thou­sands of house­holds in the Pan­siyagama vil­lage, as a joint ven­ture be­tween the Na­tional Hous­ing and Devel­op­ment Author­ity and BP So­lar Aus­tralia, a mon­u­men­tal mo­ment for a country where so­lar power was vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent. This led to the largest ru­ral-based so­lar in­fra­struc­ture project in the world, mak­ing mas­sive breakthrou­ghs in the ru­ral health­care sys­tem with NAPS Fin­land.

Sun­power is also the com­pany that connected the first 500Kw gridtied so­lar sys­tem in Ham­ban­tota as a test project, along with the CEB and Sus­tain­able En­ergy Author­ity.

Sun­power also in­tro­duced so­lar tech­nol­ogy to power the sig­nalling in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the then un­pow­ered rail­way sta­tions, de­prived of grid power for the Sri Lanka Rail­ways.

Sun­power has also de­signed, sup­plied and in­stalled large-scale so­lar rooftop sys­tems at sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties, namely Per­adeniya, Jaffna, Mo­ratuwa, Ruhuna and Batticaloa and the Med­i­cal Fac­ulty of the Univer­sity of Sri Jayewar­denepura, with re­search and devel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ties funded by the Asian Devel­op­ment Bank.

Con­tin­u­ously pi­o­neer­ing the en­ergy sec­tor in Sri Lanka, Sun­power has en­gaged in the firstever wave en­ergy project with Fin­land-based AW – En­ergy, which is ranked num­ber one in the world. It is es­ti­mated that wave en­ergy will ac­count for 10 per­cent of world en­ergy de­mands in the fu­ture, with an in­vest­ment of US $ 900 bil­lion glob­ally.

“With over 2000 clients and 4000 in­stal­la­tions across sev­eral sec­tors, our aim is to un­lock Sri Lanka’s po­ten­tial and har­ness our strate­gic po­si­tion to move for­ward as a country,” said Di­rec­tor CEO Shammy Ra­jen­dra.

“Good ideas and great tech­nol­ogy know no bound­aries. At Sun­power, we have al­ways be­lieved that what­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion, Sri Lanka de­serves the lat­est and the best in tech­nol­ogy.”


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