Sri Lanka is planning to build a hybrid energy park for 240 megawatts (MW) of wind power and 800 MW in solar power plants in Pooneryn with the objective of increasing the generation and use of renewable energy in the country.

This proposal was introduced by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy and will be implemented in three phases with 120 MW of solar power and 150 MW of wind power plants developed by 2022, another 100 MW of wind power and 100 MW of solar power developed by 2025, and the balance expected to be developed by 2030.

Pooneryn in the Northern Province has been identified as a good area to develop a hybrid system by studies conducted by Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Energy Authority.