India and Sri Lanka Take Grid Connectivity Further

India and Sri Lanka Take Grid Connectivity Further

According to Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister, Kanchana Wijesekera, discussions between India and Sri Lanka on grid connectivity and collaborative renewable energy sources are progressing. After nearly two decades of planning, the two countries are accelerating efforts, aligning with their green energy ambitions.

Officials from Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Power Grid Corporation, and India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA) are reviewing technical reports. The grid connection is poised to be a joint venture with India’s Power Grid Corporation.

Feasibility studies have been conducted, and a joint consultant will be appointed to guide investment decisions. The focus extends to ongoing projects, notably the solar energy venture involving India’s NTPC Ltd. and the Ceylon Electricity Board, with power purchase agreements for the initial 130-MW phase expected soon.

Sri Lanka explores offshore wind potential and plans to invite expressions of interest, particularly from Indian firms. Feasibility studies for offshore wind energy are underway, suggesting surplus capacity in Colombo, potentially for export, be it as electricity or green hydrogen.

With a target to source 70% of electricity from renewables by 2030, Sri Lanka aims to integrate an additional 5,000 MW into its grid, comprising solar, wind, or floating solar capacity. Collaboration between India and Sri Lanka signals progress towards sustainable energy goals.