The Sri Lankan government is set to initiate a tender process for the construction of two floating solar photovoltaic (PV) parks, combining to provide a substantial 200 MW of clean energy generation. These innovative solar projects will be established on an existing reservoir primarily used for hydropower generation.
Recently, the state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) issued an invitation for the expression of interest (EoI), with a deadline for proposals set for December 13.
The envisaged floating solar parks will be strategically positioned on the surface of the Samanalawewa Reservoir, which is located approximately 160 km to the south of Colombo. Each of the two plants will be designed with a 100 MW capacity, capitalizing on the reservoir's existing infrastructure and complementing the operations of the hydropower station.
The selection of prospective bidders will be primarily based on their competitive pricing offers, with each participant eligible to submit a single proposal for a 100 MW capacity segment. The proposals must encompass comprehensive details about the power plants, including grid integration components such as transmission lines and substations.
Successful bidders will secure 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) to facilitate the realization of these significant solar projects.
Sri Lanka's renewable energy ambitions, as outlined in its 2019-2025 renewable energy development program, encompass the addition of 1.56 GW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity. This plan allocates 1 GW to large-scale projects, with a specific reservation of 200 MW dedicated to floating PV capacity, marking a notable step towards achieving the nation's sustainable energy objectives.