The Sri Lankan government has approved a proposal to develop a large-scale wind-solar hybrid power plant in the north of the country. 

The plans comprise the construction of 240 MW of wind energy capacity and 800 MW of solar capacity in three phases. The project is in line with government policy to increase the amount of renewable energy capacity operating on the country’s network, the government said in a statement.

The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLEA), part of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, has identified the Pooneryn area in northern Sri Lanka as being suitable for wind and solar power development.

Sri Lanka’s government last year unveiled proposals to expand its renewable energy capacity to 972 MW by 2020, up from the current level of 442 MW. As part of the Long-term Generation Expansion Plan, installed renewable energy capacity in 2034 is expected to reach 1897 MW, with wind energy being the dominant technology.