Sri Lanka extends deadline for 10 MW solar tender

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), which is Sri Lanka’s largest electricity provider, has announced that the deadline for the tender for the 10 MW Polonnaruwa Solar PV Power Project has been postponed to Nov. 10, 2017. The previous deadline, set in July when the tender was issued, was Aug. 15, 2017.

The Vavunathivu Solar PV Power Project will be connected to a grid substation near Vavunathivu, a town in Batticaloa District. The project will have to be developed on a Build Own & Operate (BOO) basis. The solar facility will deliver power to CEB under a 20-year PPA. The ceiling price set by the CEB for the tender is LKR 18.37 ($0.122)/KWh.

The winning developer will have to procure or lease the required land for the project; secure all environmental clearances, governmental approvals and statutory licenses; and bear the entire cost of interconnection of the solar plant up to the gantry.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and the CEB also issued a call for tenders for the construction of 60 PV plants with a capacity of 1 MW each on Build Own & Operate (BOO) basis in April. Price ceiling for this tender was also LKR 18.37/kWh.

All of these projects, including the Vavunathivu solar plant, will be developed under phase II of the solar program PV ‘Soorya Bala Sangramaya’. The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy is implementing the ‘Soorya Bala Sangramaya’ program (Battle for Solar Energy) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Sri Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited (LECO). The country’s government expects to add 200 MW of solar electricity to the national grid by 2020, and 1 GW by 2025 through this program.