What is NCRE National Energy Policy Present Status

Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Tariff

The government of Sri Lanka has identified the development of Renewable Energy Projects, as a matter of policy to diversify the electricity sector from high cost thermal power generation. Therefore, required incentives and assistance was provided for the renewable energy resource development (Mini Hydro, Bio Mass, Wind, etc.,). Further National Energy Policy 2006 has identified fuel diversify and energy security in electricity generation as a strategic objective and development of renewable energy projects was identified as a part of this strategy. In view of above action has been taken to introduce a cost based, technology specific, three-tier tariff instead of avoided cost based tariff with effect from year 2007.

Cost based, technology specific NCRE Tariff

The cost based approach of determining tariffs for NCRE power plants is commonly used in many countries. The tariff that is computed using this method, allows a project developer to cover its O & M and capital costs. Besides, it ensures an assured return on capital.

This method analyses the cash flows as a result of the project activity with return on equity as one of the components of cash outflow and estimates annual cost of generation. There are some variations in the application of this method. The tariff can be given in tiers where in the initial years (typically the loan repayment period), the tariff given is higher and then lower tariff is given for the subsequent periods, which covers the operational costs and the return on the investment. The cost escalations, the O&M escalation, fuel cost escalation, and incentives in terms of subsidy or other fiscal incentives can also be included while estimating tariffs by this method. The tariff calculated by this method varies from technology to technology depending upon the performance and costs. Moreover, the tariff estimation by this method solely depends on the cost and performance of the project/ technology.

In the cost based approach, ideally tariff should be estimated for each project. However, due to resource and time constraints, technology benchmarking is commonly used wherein the average parameters such as the plant factor and, capital costs, are used for estimation of tariff.


Cost based, technology specific NCRE Tariff effective from 01/01/2012 until further notice


Standardized Power Purchase Agreements

1. Mini-Hydro

2. Agricultural & Industrial Waste

3. Biomass (Dendro)

4. Municipal Waste

National Energy Policy

The Government will endeavor to reach a minimum level of 10% of electrical energy supplied to the grid from NCRE by 2015 CHALLENGES faced by Sri Lanka’s Energy Sector are many. While ensuring a continuous supply of electricity and petroleum products, the growing economy has to manage a strategic balance between indigenous energy resources and imported fossil fuels. Electricity supply to household needs is yet to reach a quarter of Sri Lanka’s population. Commercial energy utilities are required to be further strengthened to improve their financial viability and service quality. The involvement of the country’s population in the investment, operation, regulation and delivery of energy services needs to be increased. National Energy Policy Download

Present Status of Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Sector (as at 2017-07-31)

No Description Project Type No.of Project Capacity (MW)
01 Commissioned Projects Mini Hydro Power 181 353.744
01 - Wind Power 15 128.85
01 - Biomass-Agricultural & Industrial Waste Power 4 13.08
01 - Biomass- Dendro Power 5 11.02
01 - Solar Power 8 51.36
01 - Total – Commissioned 213 558.054

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Energy (GWh) 115 121 165 188 222 320 320 431 457 558 1466 1170

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Energy (GWh) 280 346 344 435 546 727 722 730 1178 1215 1466 1170