Press Release- PUCSL MULLS ON ROOFTOP SOLAR PV REGULATIONS

PUCSL MULLS ON ROOFTOP SOLAR PV REGULATIONS

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Net Metering Application (CEB-Region 01)
Net Metering Application (LECO)

(28/9/2017)- Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) launched a public consultation on the rooftop solar PV development in Sri Lanka as PUCSL 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 in view of promoting Rooftop Solar PV in the country with a target of achieving 200MW of capacity by the year 2020 and increase up to 1000MW 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 of a 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 following areas;
1. Suggestions to improve the existing framework (eg. Net-metering Application process, an estimate for net-meter installation, cost etc..).
2. Financing for Solar PV installation, cost, payback etc. and the benefits of solar PV as an individual and the country as a whole.
3. Installation standards, workmanship and installation best practices.
4. Technical constraints and options for grid connection.
5. 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. A printed copy of this report also is available at the Information Centre of the Commission. Those who are interested can submit their written comments/submissions to the Commission by post/fax or e-mail and online via www.pucsl.gov.lk on or before 24th of October 2017.

Further, PUCSL plans to hold an oral submission on the same.The venue and the date of the meeting will be communicated to the interested parties at an early date.
The Consultation document is attached herewith.

Ways to respond consultation,

Write to:
Public Consultation on rooftop solar PV development in Sri Lanka
Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka,
Level 06, BoC Merchant Tower, 28,
St. Michael’s Road,
Colombo 3.

Respond online by accessing PUCSL Website
Or Email to: consultation@pucsl.gov.lk
Fax: (011) 2392641

Ends.
For further information, please contact:
Anushika Kamburugamuwa
Assistant Director – Corporate Communication
Mob: – 0718622800

3 thoughts on “Press Release- PUCSL MULLS ON ROOFTOP SOLAR PV REGULATIONS

  1. It must be understood that soon or later the trend of the world is moving towards electrically and electronically operated vehicles on roads.
    Some of the prominent countries have already declared that by 2020 they will be fully replacing the fuel run vehicles on road.
    There is a necessity in a country like ours to grow in with green if we are to keep the air around us clean and healthy. Mounting activities on polluted environment is causing various kinds of unhealthy living conditions to the environment of today. This may be seriously connected to the large numbers of fuel run vehicles on road.
    Hence, promotion to move towards electrically operated vehicles on road is a must if we are to keep pace with the Nabors if not the world.
    What we are lacking in here is a proper research and development process not in place to give the best awareness to the people.
    Speaking of the present population of owners of over 10,000 electrically operated vehicles on road it is very evident that a proper and healthy charging and service stations are not in place. The need to have them situated in every 10 K.M. is also necessary if we are to mentally and physically change the situation.
    Restrictions imposed on charging and maintenance on these stations is too early to implement as the setting up costs of these facility and its maintenance are high and the returns are too slow. My feeling is that the competitions created among them will keep the quality standards and conditions well controlled if an open hand is extended. Every power station owned by Government must provide a facility to charge vehicles and this will provide an additional income to the supplier of power as well as keep the private supliers checked.
    If this facility gets in place, I am sure the growth and need for electrically operated vehicle will increase. This could even bring down transport costs for the public at some point.

  2. This is a most timely intervention by the PUCSL as the regulator for the electricity industry., vested with the responsibility of protecting the interests of the consumers

    The eventual dominance if solar energy as the prime source of energy , primarily for electricity and as an extension for transport is inevitable. The rate at which each country will reach this situation depends on, how visionary are the industry stake holders, the consumers and the utilities and regulators, in recognizing this inevitability and how they intend to either participate in the change thus deriving the advantages for the early adopters, or adopting an ostrich attitude, citing difficulties and problems rather than seeking solutions, by which the events will overtake them , much to their disadvantage. The world trends in prices of both solar systems and the storage systems need to be recognized as writing on the wall.

    It is hoped that all concerned would contribute to this call for comments for which the PUCSL should be congratulated and thus a proactive and challenging future is chartered for Sri Lanka to benefit form this bounty of nature.

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