President Maithripala Sirisena launched the public power generating program ‘Surya Bala Sangramaya’ which introduces solar power for 1000000 houses, at the President’s Official Residence today (Sep. 06).
The President inaugurated operation of the program by lighting his official residence with solar power.
This program which is operated to make the country self-sufficient in power is being implemented with the participation of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Ceylon Electricity Board and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and other related organizations.
Minister of Power and Renewable Authority Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and the Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera also were present at this occasion.
Meanwhile, the national ceremony to launch the program Surya Bala Sangramaya was held today (Sep. 06) at the BMICH, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Speaking at this occasion, the President said that the top most requirement which we should fulfill in the national development is the requirement of power.
He said the new program will not only assist the development of the country but also will help to make the living standards of the people by fulfilling their daily needs for power.
He also pointed out that government and the people will receive a large economic freedom through the winning of the field of power and energy. He said the main reason for him not to reside in the President’s House was the high monthly expenditure for electricity consumption.
The President also launched the website which includes information about the Surya Bala Sangramaya. He presented the cheques for the loans for four persons symbolizing the provisions of loans to assist the people to use solar power under the new project.
Ministers Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Arjuna Ranathunga, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera and the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy B. M. S. Batagoda were among those participated in this occasion.