Here are some photos of a wind farm I discovered in Ambewela, near Nuwara Eliya, during our recent trip to Sri Lanka.
I love this picture of the cows grazing around the wind turbines. The region is home to two dairy farms, Ambewela Farms and New Zealand Farms. The wind turbines are located at the Ambewela Farms.
The last photo reminds me, interestingly, of a similar scene from the Tripods series from the 80s, when I was a kid.
The wind turbines are small, probably not more than 500 or 600KW each, although it is a new facility. A little bit of research on the internet showed me that it was logistically not possible to transport larger wind turbines through the mountains to the site. If anyone is interested in reading the full feasibility report, here you go.
Wind Energy is still in its infancy in Sri Lanka, and the Ambewela Project is one of the initial test projects at about 3MW. We also drove by the pilot project in Hambantota, but I wasn’t able to whip out my phone and take a photo in time.
With the exception of India, wind energy is struggling to get out of its infancy in the rest of South Asia. Let’s see how well Sri Lanka does, now that she can spend her resources fully on the development of the population, rather than on fighting a bloody civil war.