Informa Markets India holds 4th Edition of Renewable Energy Growth Forum
Yogesh Mudras Managing Director Informa Markets in India, Dr. Sulakshana Jayawardena Director General Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy, Shirley Jayawardena, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Hemantha Samarakoon Secretary to State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro power Generation Project.
Informa Markets in India, India’s leading B2B exhibitions organizer, brought in the 4th edition of the much-awaited Renewable Energy Growth Forum at the BMICH, Colombo.
The two-day conference, which was held on March 10-11, is well supported by the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Construction Industry, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government aims to be an energy self-sufficient nation by 2030. Its objective is to increase the power generation capacity of the country from the existing 4,043 megawatts (MW) to 6,900 MW by 2025 with a significant increase in renewable energy. The country has already achieved grid connectivity of 98 percent, which is relatively high by South Asian standards. Electricity in Sri Lanka is generated using three primary sources: thermal power which includes coal and fuel oil, hydropower, and other non-conventional renewable energy sources (solar power and wind power).
Speaking at the inauguration of the 4th edition of RE Growth Forum Sri Lanka, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India said, “Sri Lanka is a promising RE country with favourable conditions for generating electricity from renewable sources, especially solar. While the country’s annual total electricity demand is about 14,150 gigawatt-hours (GWh), the annual demand for the same is expected to increase by 4.9 percent over the next 20 years.
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Energy initiated the implementation of a nationwide program for the expansion of solar energy, as the country aims to equip one million households by 2025 with photovoltaic systems that will feed an additional 1,000 megawatts into the power grid.”
The power-packed sessions will deliberate on topics such as Global Solutions in the RE space; Future of Energy Solutions in Technology and Innovations; Scope Scalability and Success in Utility-Scale vs Distributed Generation; Doing Business in Sri Lanka – Commercial Business Guide; Moving Forward – Technology that Matters and more.
The international forum speakers were Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka; Eng. Major Ranjith Gunathilake, President CCI Sri Lanka; Sumal Perera, Founder Chairman, Access Group of Companies; K.V. Subrahmanyam, Vice President, Business Development, Enerparc Energy, Ranjith Dissanayake, Chairman, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka; Kamal Dorabawila, Principal Investment Officer, IFC; Winnie Wang, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank Group; Gamini Sarathchandra, Director Environment, Renewable and Efficiency, Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka; Eng. Colonel Nissanka N Wijeratne, Secretary General and CEO, Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka; Keerthi Gunawardane, Senior Vice President, FCCISL; Shiran Fernando, Chief Economist, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; Dr. P.S.N. De Silva, General Manager, Lanka Electricity Company and Harsha Wickramasinghe, Deputy Director General Demand Side Management, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.