About Soorya Bala Sangramaya

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has launched a new community based power generation project titled 'Soorya Bala Sangramaya' (Battle for Solar Energy) in collaboration with Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited (LECO) to promote the setting up of small solar power plants on the rooftops of households, religious places, hotels, commercial establishments and industries. It is expected to add 200 MW of solar electricity to the national grid by 2020 and 1000 MW by 2025 through this intervention.

Under this program, the consumers will have options to generate and use electricity in their premises. In case of electricity in excess of their requirements, they can sell the excess to the national grid or bank it for later use. According to the electricity usage the customer can select a preferred option from the following three schemes: Net Metering, Net Accounting and Micro Solar Power Producer.

Net-Metering

This scheme allows a consumer to reduce, or eliminate their electricity bill by using solar power. The solar power system will feed energy to the CEB grid, and these units of energy will be deducted from the amount of energy used by the consumer. If any additional energy is generated, these units will be recorded as Credits, and will be available for the consumers use in the following months. The consumer will sign a 20-year agreement with the CEB for the Net-Metering scheme.

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Net-Accounting

This scheme is very similar to the Net-Metering scheme, and allows a consumer to reduce their electricity bill and earn additional income. The solar power system will feed energy to the CEB grid, and these units of energy will be deducted from the amount of energy used by the consumer. If any additional energy is generated, the CEB will pay the consumer for these units. The rate of payment will be Rs 22.00 during the first seven years of the agreement, and Rs 15.50 for the next 13 years. The consumer will sign a 20-year agreement with the CEB for this scheme.

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Net-Plus

The Net-Plus scheme will allow a consumer to earn income for all solar power units generated, regardless of their existing electricity usage. The solar power system will feed energy to the CEB grid, and these units will be metered and the CEB will pay the consumer for these units. The rate of payment will be Rs 22.00 during the first seven years of the agreement, and Rs 15.50 for the next 13 years. The consumer will sign a 20-year agreement with the CEB for this scheme.

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