Solar Energy Strategy for Sri Lanka: The Solar Village Solution for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

DHARMADASA, I (2016). Solar Energy Strategy for Sri Lanka: The Solar Village Solution for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction. In: Science and technology for society forum, Sri Lanka, 7-10 September 2016. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper will first summarise few relevant projects for energy production using solar energy for Sri Lanka. Amongst these projects, the "Solar Village" will be the main focus of this paper. This will include a brief history of the development of this project through an HELink programme in the 1990s. The pilot project started in 2008 in Kurunegala District and its tremendous impacts on social development will be discussed. Solar village concepts used to empower village communities, combat climate change issues and find solutions to social problems like kidney diseases due to non-availability of clean and drinkable water will be presented. There are 13 out of 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals as highlighted by the United Nations) embedded in this particular project by channelling new Science and Technologies towards Social development. With the help of two charity organisations {APSL-UK (Association of Professional Sri Lankans in the UK) and Helasarana}, another few Solar Villages are commencing soon as a replica of the pilot project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 14:52
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 23:04
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13387

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