Sri Lanka’s first large-scale Wind Power Project (WPP) built in the southern coast of Mannar was declared open by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) was awarded the Mannar Wind Power Project (MWPP) contract to build the Project which comprises of 30 state-of-the-art, wind-assisted power-generating turbines, the Ministry said.
CEB said that each turbine is rated to generate 3.45 MW of power and the total installed capacity of this windmill farm is 103.5 MW. This is a culmination of a long-term effort by the CEB to develop wind power in major scale exploiting the monsoonal wind pattern in Sri Lanka. Total investment for the windmill farm is approximately US$ 141 million.
The best advantages of this project is its ability to displace large amount of fossil fuel-based electricity generation and thereby avoiding emissions amounting to a massive 285,000 metric tonnes of Co2 to the environment, each year.