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Alert: Supreme Court holds CEB’s refusal to issue permit for solar power plant illegal boosting future renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka

Supreme Court holds CEB’s refusal to issue permit for solar power plant illegal boosting future renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka Image

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka recently ordered the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to pay compensation of LKR 1 Million to the Vavuniya Solar Power (Private) Limited. This was following the hearing of a Fundamental Rights petition filed by the latter regarding the failure of CEB over several years to issue a “letter of intent”. The said letter confirms the intent of the state-owned electric utility to procure power from the renewable energy plant to be set up by the petitioner, and without which, the petitioner would not be able to obtain the necessary approvals, permits, and licences from the relevant regulatory authorities.

By Tanya Goonewardene
16th October 2023

Litigation & Dispute Resolution