PUCSL Mulls On Rooftop Solar PV Regulations

September 30, 2017

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) launched a public consultation on the rooftop solar PV development in Sri Lanka as it intends to issue guidelines and advice on government policy to support the successful implementation of the rooftop solar and achieve the set policy targets.

The government of Sri Lanka has set a target to achieve one million rooftop solar PV plants within the next ten years. The Government also launched “Battle of Solar” or Soorya Bala Sangramaya to promote Rooftop Solar PV in the country with a target of achieving 200MW of capacity by the year 2020 and increase to 1,000 MW capacity by 2025.

Sri Lanka recorded 74MW of total installed capacity through rooftop solar PV by August 2017, data showed. The same stood at 28 MW, a year earlier. A 46MW capacity of rooftop solar was added to the national grid since the Battle of Solar was launched.

It is also seen that the day peak of electricity demand in Sri Lanka is growing faster than the night peak. Therefore, “Aggressive implementation of these schemes will also benefit Sri Lankan utilities and consumers by reducing the reliance on diesel power generation of the national grid and reducing costs,” the consultation paper said.

PUCSL invites stakeholders’ views, suggestions, recommendations, concerns and comments related to the areas of Suggestions to improve the existing framework (eg. Net-metering Application process, an estimate for net-meter installation, cost etc..), Financing for Solar PV installation, cost, payback etc. and the benefits of solar PV as an individual and the country as a whole, Installation standards, workmanship and installation best practices,. Technical constraints and options for grid connection and any other concerns and ideas to ensure the achievement of targets set by the government under “Sooryabala Sangramaya” program. The draft consultation paper is now available at www.pucsl.gov.lk for reference.

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