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A US-funded Chinese company has introduced novel solar power systems for Sri Lankan households, public and private sector institutions including hotels cutting energy costs, a top official of the company said. U-Tron (Beijing) Electronics Co. Ltd. (U-Tron) has set up its Sri Lankan subsidiary U-Tron Lanka at the Liberty Plaza complex in Colombo for this purpose, said Raja Magasweran, Managing Director, of U-Tron (Beijing) Electronics Co. Ltd
In the wake of power crisis at present and future Sri Lanka should explore options around renewable and clean energy generation (wind, wave, solar), energy conservation (including introduction of smart grids, smart power metering and LED lights), pumped water storage (to help with non-monsoonal hydro-electric power generation), he said.
U-Tron Lanka will supply solar panels, Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, batteries and other accessories to remote communities and individual households and provide solar energy services. The company plans to enter into street lighting, cottage lighting and outdoor flood lighting for hotels by offering U-Tron LED products including solar panels, solar powered lights, Lucas LED streetlights, BatLED indoor and outdoor floodlights, traffic signal lights, Helios LED light bulbs, and Lucas retrofit bulbs etc, he added.
He said that the company’s Sri Lanka branch will also provide consultancy services on energy efficiency systems including technical advice and finding suppliers from China for local customers. U-Tron Lanka will introduce steam power turbines for small scale rice mills and steam generation plants using rice husk for rural agriculture industrialists, he revealed.
Mr Magasweran, in China since going there for highest studies in 1974 as a scholarship recipient in the first batch of students selected under the China- Sri Lanka student exchange programme, said that Solar Home Lighting Systems (SHLS) can support small household loads and will be promoted and prioritized through rural financial institutions.
These systems are one way to provide electricity to non-electrified and under-electrified rural households. He noted that this project will witness significant growth in the country especially in the North and East following the restoration of peace in the island
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