India and Sri Lanka to jointly build 135 MW solar power plant in Trincomalee

India and Sri Lanka have agreed to work together on building a 135 MW solar power plant in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, with the aim of promoting renewable energy.

Reportedly, NTPC Limited and Ceylon Electricity Board have entered into an agreement to implement the solar project in two stages. A 50 MW solar power project and a 220 kilowatt transmission line with a length of 40 km will be constructed in the first stage. The estimated cost of implementing the solar project is USD 42.5 million, and USD 23.6 million will be spent for establishing the transmission line. The first stage is expected to be completed between 2024 and 2025. Meanwhile, in the second stage, an additional 85 MW solar power generation plant will be constructed at an investment of USD 72 million.