April 10 (Renewables Now) - The governments of Sri Lanka and Canada have signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of a 100-MW floating solar park in Sri Lanka’s Maduru Oya Reservoir.
The pact between Sir Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy and Business Development and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a federal Crown corporation dealing with international trade issues, comes less than a month after Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead to the project in the Mahaweli Economic Zone. The scheme will be implemented by a joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahewali Authority, state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the Canadian Solar Institute.
The floating solar park will be coupled with battery storage capacity and will use less than 4% of the Maduru Oya Reservoir’s surface area. The first 10 MW of it will be become operational by the end November, while the whole complex is expected to switched on by end-September 2020.
The 100-MW project is part of a larger proposal calling for the construction of several such facilities across Sri Lanka.