Sri Lanka is expected to increase installed wind power capacity to 200 MW by 2017

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has inaugurated its first commercial office in Sri Lanka.

The office, located in the town of Katunayaka (to the west of the island, near Colombo), will not only cater to customers’ commercial needs but will also carry out project work and maintain the turbines installed locally.

Gamesa, which has installed capacity in this market of 45.3 MW, is Sri Lanka’s leading OEM, with a market share of close to 40%. Early entry into this market five years ago, when it installed the first wind farm developed by a private player, coupled with the ability to tailor its products to customers’ needs, has contributed to this leadership.

Sri Lanka, with a population of 20 million people, is expected to see installed wind capacity increase to 200 MW by 2017, driven by an energy policy that supports renewable sources of energy with the aim of reducing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and cater to burgeoning energy needs.