Wind park produces electricity and improves local infrastructure.
The development of wind energy potentials at the northwestern coast of Sri Lanka allows for significant emission reductions. Along with the installation of the wind park roads and public institutions were built.
The installation of the 10-megawatt wind park – the first commercial wind power project in Sri Lanka – in 2010 set a clear sign for climate friendly electricity production from renewable energies in the country. Sri Lanka’s electricity generating system feeding the national grid is dominated by thermal power plants, using fossil fuels like diesel, naphtha, and is also using coal from year 2011. Now Mampuri-I is feeding more than 27 gigawatt hours of clean electricity nto the grid per year.
New infrastructure is improving mobility of rural population
Sri Lanka‘s northwest coast is an area, where the local live-hood is fishing and farming. Along with the installation of the wind park roads, that formerly were sand tracks, and public institutions were built. The road infrastructure improves peoples mobility. In addition, community development work was carried out, based on the requests from local villagers. Construction of a local pre-school, construction of a village church, clearing, levelling and ground-works for a local playground were some of the works undertaken.
- Important signal for climate friendly electricity production from renewable energies in Sri Lanka: Until now the power grid is dominated by fossil fuels (diesel, oil, naphtha and cole)
- CO2-Reductions of around 18,768 tCO2 per year
Positive social and economic side effects:
- Infrastructure optimisation: Construction and maintenance of roads
- Support of social institutions in close cooperation with the local community
- Site visits for students to understand the technology and project scope of such projects.
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