Hayleys Solar, as the No 01. Solar Provider in Sri Lanka has unveiled its latest product offering to the local market – solar-powered water pumps, a significant step towards addressing Sri Lanka’s water supply challenges with sustainable and efficient solutions.

This product not only showcases their dedication to renewable energy but also offers substantial savings for various sectors, from agriculture to residential areas. With easy installation and a range of capacities, these pumps are poised to make a positive impact in ensuring a stable water supply.

With more than a decade of exceptional market experience and a track record of successfully installing over 150 MW of rooftop solar power systems nationwide, Hayleys Solar is the renewable energy division of Hayleys Fentons.

Expressing his views on this development, Hasith Prematillake, the Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons stated “Sri Lanka faces water supply challenges in various sectors, including agriculture, livestock management, and mining. The launch of solar-powered water pumps offers a sustainable solution to mitigate these challenges and ensure a consistent water supply, which is a pressing issue in the country.”

According to Roshane Perera, Executive Director and CEO of Hayleys Solar, this innovative solution is ideal for a wide range of applications, becoming a greener alternative to large-scale water supply projects. Specially for large estate applications where the area is larger we have designed a portable solar pumping system eliminating the requirement of multiple pumps which becomes a more economical solution.”

“By harnessing solar energy, these pumps significantly reduce operational costs while maximising efficiency. This translates into substantial savings for farmers, homeowners, and businesses alike. This is an environment-friendly sustainable approach since Sri Lanka gets abundant sunlight.”

“With the long-lasting stainless-steel finish, these pumps are built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions, making them suitable for diverse landscapes and climates. This ensures durability and is also requires minimal maintenance,” added Perera.

According to Mahesh Abeywickrama, the Deputy General Manager of the company, what makes this product stand out is its easy installation which requires minimal technical expertise. Customers can quickly set up the system and start benefiting from solar-driven water pumping.

“We understand that every water management requirement is unique. That’s why our Solar-Powered Water Pumps come in a range of capacities, from 0.5HP to 2HP, and we can pump up to an impressive 25,000 litres per day,” says Abeywickrama.

Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, expands its horizons to make solar energy accessible from the south to north of the nation with its recent strategic launch in Jaffna.

The newly established Experience Centre, situated at No 148 -1/1, Palali Road, Postbox Junction in Jaffna, represents a significant stride in making solar energy accessible to the local population. This centre offers a comprehensive range of world-class solar solutions, including rooftop PV systems, batteries, and inverters, alongside live demonstrations of Solar-powered Water Pumps, Lighting systems and Solar Power Systems. These engaging demonstrations are designed to inspire individuals to adopt clean energy solutions and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Hayleys Solar Experience Centre in Jaffna
Hayleys Solar Experience Centre in Jaffna

The decision to expand Hayleys Solar to Jaffna, following the successful launch in Matara, is driven by the commitment to broad-reaching social impact. By establishing a presence in both the southern and northern regions of Sri Lanka, Hayleys Solar aims to address the energy needs of diverse communities.

Inside the Hayleys Experience Centre in Jaffna with Solar Panels on display
Inside the Experience Centre

Hasith Prematillake, the Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons, said “This expansion marks a significant step towards our mission of making sustainable solar energy accessible to communities across Sri Lanka, and catalyze economic growth and social development in these areas.

“With its abundant sunshine, Jaffna holds much potential for economic growth specially for agriculture, fisheries, and trade which will vastly benefit from being self-sufficient in energy. Solar power can play a vital role in rural electrification by providing access to electricity in remote and off-grid locations where extending traditional grid infrastructure may be cost-prohibitive.”

Adding to that, Roshane Perera, the Executive Director/CEO of Hayleys Solar stated, “Jaffna’s domestic rooftops receive ample solar irradiation, surpassing threshold values, and we believe this renewable energy source should not go to waste. We are also proud to introduce the other solar technologies to Jaffna, including Solar-Powered Water Pumps for Agriculture.

Hayleys Solar Executive Director & CEO Roshane Perera addressing the gathering
Hayleys Solar Executive Director & CEO Roshane Perera addressing the gathering

“We invite the public to meet our friendly local staff at our Centre, conveniently situated near the sacred Nallur Kovil. We are ready to listen to you and identify your specific energy requirements to serve you better. We have already established our presence significantly by carrying out key projects at prominent locations in Jaffna including a world renowned Kovil, Henry College and JetLanka.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to community engagement, the Hayleys Solar team actively participated in events like the Jaffna Nallur Festival, Jaffna International Trade fair and Jaffna Housing and Construction Exhibition where live demonstrations of the solar-powered water pumps were showcased.

With its steadfast mission of establishing Green Experience Centres island-wide over the next few months, Hayleys Solar will empower accessibility and affordability of solar power across all sectors of society, championing sustainable development as a testament to their unwavering dedication towards forging a cleaner and more sustainable future. Hayleys Solar has successfully completed over 140MW of solar installations island-wide making it the undisputed leader in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) company in Sri Lanka.

Awarded for the PV-DG and Energynet Battery Backup System

Hayleys Fentons, the No. 1 Solar EPC and MEP contractor with over a decade of experience in providing engineering services in Sri Lanka, has been honoured with the Platinum Award in the category of Outstanding Sustainable Product. The award was received for the  PV-DG and Energynet Battery Backup System introduced by Hayleys Solar: the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons. The award was presented by the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) during the Annual Green Awards Ceremony held at the Galadari Hotel on 22nd July 2023.

The CIOB Green Award for products and systems recognizes exceptional leadership towards sustainability in the Sri Lankan construction industry. It aims to commend individuals, organizations, and products that have demonstrated remarkable innovation in advancing sustainable practices, contributing to environmental preservation, social responsibility, and economic resilience.

Upon receiving the prestigious Platinum Award, Hayleys Fentons Managing Director Mr Hasith Prematillake said, “We are grateful to the Ceylon Institute of Builders for this recognition, which motivates us to continue our commitment to excellence and a greener future.”

The CIOB Green Awards Products & Systems at the World Construction Symposium 2023 provided the platform for Hayleys Fentons to showcase their expertise and commitment to sustainable development. A panel of expert judges from esteemed universities worldwide evaluated the submissions, ensuring a thorough, transparent, and impartial selection process.

“The importance of our ‘PV-DG’ system was felt by Sri Lankan businesses during the mid-2022 fuel crisis. It played a crucial role in helping industries with solar rooftops sustain their operations efficiently, minimising the impact of frequent power outages on electricity costs and solar system production. As the market leader in renewable energy solutions in Sri Lanka, we are committed to providing tailored solutions to support our valued customers, during challenging times and beyond.” said Mr Roshane Perera, Director and CEO of Hayleys Solar.

Founded in 1919, Fentons is one of the first engineering companies to be established in Sri Lanka. With over a hundred-year legacy in solar, electrical, security, ICT, Fire, A/C, UPS, Facility management, and several other areas of engineering, Hayleys Fentons has grown to become a trusted pioneer in the industry that has made its mark and established an undisputed reputation across various other sectors.

Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, is proud to announce its partnership with Dipped Products PLC (DPL), on a groundbreaking corporate sustainability initiative.

Commencing on June 21st, 2023, the installation of a cutting-edge 1MW system at DPL’s Premier Gloves Manufacturing complex within the Biyagama Industrial Zone marked a key milestone in DPL’s commitment to embracing clean energy solutions. This development follows Hayleys Solar’s successful projects at DPL’s Sports Gloves Manufacturing complex in May 2023 and its site in Hanwella, which together account for 2.1 MW, saving an impressive 2,125,688.46 kilograms of CO2 annually.

As an export manufacturer, it is crucial to align with the global shift towards sustainability and carbon-friendly practices, strengthening brand reputation and appeal in international markets. Through its collaboration with Hayleys Solar, DPL has taken a bold step towards achieving energy self-sufficiency, harnessing solar power on-site, and aligning with its ambitious target of achieving 95% renewable energy usage by 2030.

As companies strive to mitigate their environmental impact and meet increasingly critical sustainability goals, partnerships like these demonstrate the positive change that can be achieved.

Hayleys Solar specializes in renewable energy and energy storage solutions for domestic, commercial, and industrial requirements, with over a decade of experience in catering to Sri Lanka’s clean energy needs. To date, the company has completed over 140MW of rooftop solar systems island-wide, making it the largest solar-based Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) company in the country, partnering with global tier-one and selected local suppliers to offer high-quality durable solutions at affordable prices.


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From left – Shamika Gamage (Executive) , Chandika Rathnasiri (Director – Engineering and Indika Kulathunga (Director – Sales & Marketing), stand alongside Pushpika Janadheera (Managing Director of DPL), joined by Hasith Prematillake, (Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons), Roshane Perera (Executive Director and CEO of Hayleys Solar), Heshan Kathriarachchi (Assistant General Manager of Engineering Sales at Hayleys Solar), and Nisala Amarasekara, (Assistant General Manager of Corporate Projects at Hayleys Solar) to commemorate the signing of the agreement for a 1MW solar installation.


Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, as the No. 1 Solar provider in Sri Lanka, has enabled Stafford Motors, one of the largest automotive dealers in the country to achieve complete energy independence through a 1,184 MWh annual capacity solar installation.

This grid-connected rooftop solar installation, spans across six of their corporate offices located in Ja-Ela, Colombo, and Rattanapitiya, with a total of 2,524 solar panels. By utilizing the latest panel technology, the installation optimizes energy production throughout the day, ensuring maximum efficiency and cost reduction.

“This solar installation marks a significant milestone for Stafford Motors, signifying a major step towards reducing our carbon footprint. We are proud to collaborate with Hayleys Solar on this transformative initiative, which propels us closer to our primary environmental goal: diminishing reliance on the grid and striving for complete energy independence,” stated Dr. Kalinga Kaluperuma, Managing Director / CEO of Stafford Motor Co. (Pvt) Ltd.

Reflecting on the successful completion of the installation, Mr. Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons said, “We would like to extend our gratitude to Stafford Motors for placing their trust in us across their manufacturing footprint. So far, Hayleys Solar has completed over 140 Megawatts of Solar Power Systems all across the island, and we continue to support industries to transition to renewable energy.”

Mr. Roshane Perera, Director/CEO of Hayleys Solar, highlighted the significance of the solar installation, stating “Hayleys Solar has brought in the latest technology to effectively utilize solar power and minimize fuel costs during power outages for Stafford Motors. We are committed to working with our clients to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions that make the switch to solar power a reality for businesses of all sizes.”

Dedicated to driving energy independence in Sri Lanka, Hayleys Solar is proud to be at the forefront of this important effort. The company’s expertise in solar technology and commitment to innovation and sustainability make it the ideal partner for businesses looking to strive for energy independence.

On May 18th, Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, partnered with Watchtower Sri Lanka to construct a 2MWh battery backup system powered by solar PV, designed to provide energy independence, offering up to three days of uninterrupted power.

This landmark project marks a significant milestone for the renewable energy sector in Sri Lanka and reinforces the nation’s commitment in transitioning to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.

The project will be executed in two phases, with the first phase already underway. This initial phase focuses on installing hybrid systems at 17 selected places of worship of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sri Lanka, scheduled for completion by the end of September 2023.

The second phase, the construction of the battery backup system commenced in the third week of June at the Wattala headquarters of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Lanka, a non-profit organization which supports the administration of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sri Lanka.

Sascha Balakrishnan, representing Watchtower Sri Lanka, expressed gratitude for the collaboration with Hayleys Solar, stating, “We are grateful to be working and collaborating with Hayleys Solar on the next phase of this project as well, which is a milestone for the country and the environment.”

Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Fentons Limited, highlighted the significance stating, “This partnership with Watchtower Sri Lanka is one example of our collaborative efforts with organisations and individuals to embrace renewable energy solutions in the country. With its remarkable scale, this landmark project will enable the integration of more renewable energy sources into the national grid, reducing reliance on traditional fossil fuel-based power generation, leading to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy mix.

Roshane Perera, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Solar, further commented, “This agreement highlights the confidence that international organisations have in our expertise in designing and implementing large-scale renewable energy projects. The project sets a precedent for renewable energy adoption, showcases environmental stewardship, and contributes to Sri Lanka’s clean energy transition.”

In a powerful display of collective commitment to address climate change and promote sustainable practices, Hayleys Solar, the leading renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons and the country’s No.1 solar provider, joins forces with Crystal Martin Ceylon Group to embark on the second phase of a groundbreaking solar installation project. With a total project investment of $2.5 million and a combined capacity of 4.67 MW, this groundbreaking collaboration is an industry benchmark for leaders at the forefront of championing renewable energy solutions.

Phase 01 of the project has already been completed, with an investment of $1 million and a capacity of 1.9 MW. The commencement of Phase 02, an extraordinary milestone, brings an investment of $1.5 million and a capacity of 2.7 MW.

During Phase 02, Hayleys Solar will spearhead the supply and installation of cutting-edge solar power systems at Katunayake and Wathupitiwala. The Katunayake installation will showcase an estimated capacity of 1,585kW, employing over 2,880 state-of-the-art solar panels. Furthermore, the Wathupitiwala factory will be equipped with a solar system of over 2,090 panels and a capacity of 1,150kW.

These cutting-edge solar installations will augment Crystal Martin’s power generation capacity by 4,672kW. Combined with the achievements of the first phase, the total annual CO2 footprint reduction at Crystal Martin will exceed 4,700 tonnes.

Commenting on the project, Mr. Mark Muller, Country Manager of Crystal Martin Ceylon (Private) Limited said, “We are proud to partner with Hayleys Solar on this key project, which has streamlined operations across our manufacturing facilities. By fully embracing renewable energy, we are taking a significant step towards reducing our carbon footprint and becoming one of the pioneering companies in Sri Lanka to adopt sustainable energy initiatives. We are eagerly looking forward to continuing our efforts to contribute to a greener future.”

Crystal Martin’s commitment to combat the climate crisis and support renewable energy is reflected in its ambitious sustainability goals. The completion of the second phase of the solar installation project reinforces Crystal Martin’s overall renewable energy efforts and sustainability objectives. Notably, the power generated by all these solar systems accounts for approximately 75% of Crystal Martin’s annual electricity requirement at the six factories, demonstrating the project’s substantial impact on their energy consumption and environmental footprint.

The partnership between Hayleys Solar and Crystal Martin exemplifies the collective commitment of industry leaders to address climate change and promote sustainable business practices.

Mr. Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Fentons Ltd highlighted the company’s commitment to meeting the country’s solar needs and supporting energy conservation efforts. He stated, “We are dedicated to contributing to the important cause of energy saving during these challenging times and facilitating businesses to transition to renewable energy in the near future.”

Mr. Roshane Perera, Director & CEO of Hayleys Solar, expressed pride in being chosen as Crystal Martin Ceylon’s trusted partner for this significant renewable energy project. Highlighting Hayleys Solar’s expertise in large-scale solar initiatives and its position as Sri Lanka’s unrivaled market leader in renewable energy solutions, Mr. Perera stated, “We are honored by Crystal Martin Sri Lanka’s decision to collaborate with us. With our exceptional capabilities and a skilled team of over 200 engineers, Hayleys Solar is fully equipped to lead the way in meeting the country’s solar demands and driving renewable energy solutions.”

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අංක 1 සූර්ය බලශක්ති සැපයුම්කරු වන හේලීස් සෝලා, සිය පළමු ශාඛාව මැයි මස 17 වන දින මාතරදී විවෘත කරන ලදී.

මෙම ව්‍යපෘතිය හේලීස් සෝලා ආයතනයේ සුවිශේෂී සන්ධිස්ථානයක් සනිටුහන් කරනවාසේම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති ව්‍යාප්තිය වේගවත් මගට යොමු කිරීමට මහගු දායකත්වයක් ලබාදෙයි. වෙළෙදපොලේ ඇති නවතම තාක්ෂණයෙන් යුතු සූර්ය බල විසඳුම් රැසක් හේලීස් සෝලා, සිය වටිනා පාරිභෝගිකයින් වෙත තිලිණ කරන්නේ රටේ තිරසාර සංවර්ධන ඉලක්ක සපුරාලීමේ අපේක්ෂාවෙනි. හේලීස් සෝලා ආයතනයේ බලාපොරොත්තුව මෙම ශාඛාව තුළින් දකුණු පළාතේ ඇති සියලූම සූර්ය බලශක්ති අවශ්‍යතා සම්බන්ධකරන කේන්ද්රස්ථානයක් ලෙස සේවය කිරීමයි.

හේලීස් ෆෙන්ටන්ස් කළමනාකාර අධ්‍යක්ෂ, හසිත් ප්‍රේමතිලක මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේ, ”මාතර ව්‍යාප්තිය, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති ගමන නව මානයකට රැගෙන යනවා සේම, අප ආයතනයේ නොපසුබට කැපවීම පිළිබිඹු කරන කදිම සාක්ෂියයි. තිරසාර අනාගතයකට මුලපුරමින් සූර්ය බලශක්ති විසඳුම් පිළිබඳ දැනුම සහ පළමු අත්දැකීම අපගේ වටිනා පාරිභෝගිකයින් වෙත රැගෙනයෑමට හැකිවීම අපි මහගු භාග්‍යක් කොට සලකන්නෙමු”.

මෙම අවස්ථාව පිළිබඳව අදහස් දක්වමින් හේලීස් සෝලා සමාගමේ, අධ්‍යක්ෂක හා ප්‍රධාන විධායක නිලධාරී රොෂේන් පෙරේරා මහතා පවසා සිටියේ. ”නවීන සූර්ය විසඳුම් සහ උපස්ථ බැටරි පද්ධති (Battery Backup System) මාතරට ගෙනඒම ගැන අපිට සතුටුයි. මෙම ව්‍යාපෘතිය මගින් කලාපයේ සේවාදායකයින්ට වඩාත් ඵලදායී සේවාවක් ලබාදීමට අපට පුළුවන්. ව්‍යාපාරවලට හා ගෘහස්ථ පාරිභෝගිකයින්ට, තම දිගුකාලීන පිරිවැය ඉතිරි කරදෙන, ඉහළම ප්‍රමිතියේ සූර්ය විසඳුම් සැපයීමට අපගේ කණ්ඩායම කැපවී සිටිනවා”.

මාතර ස්ථාපිත මෙම අත්දැකීම් මධ්‍යස්ථානය දකුණු පළාතේ සෝලා අවශ්‍යතා සපුරාලන කේන්ද්‍රස්ථානයක් ලෙස ක්‍රියාත්මක වන අතර, විශේෂඥ දැනුම ඇති කණ්ඩායමකගේ සහය ඇතිව හේලීස් සෝලා ආයතනය සූර්ය බල පද්ධති සැලසුම් කිරීමේ සිට නඩත්තු සේවාවන් දක්වා සමස්ථ ක්‍රියාවලියට මග පෙන්වීම ලබාදීමට සැදී පැහැදී සිටී.

පාරිභෝගික ඔබත් අදම මාතර, අනගාරික ධර්මපාල මාවතේ, අංක 109 දරන ස්ථානයේ පිහිටි නව අත්දැකීම් මධ්‍යස්ථානයට පිවිසෙන්න. හේලීස් සෝලා සමග තිරසාර අනාගතයකට පියනගන්නට ඔබත් අප හා එක්වන්න.

Green Experience Centers immerse visitors in eco-friendly solutions and raises awareness about solar energy potential.

Driving affordable and accessible solar energy options to empower communities

Leading the adoption of solar power within commercial and industrial sectors to help businesses reduce costs and achieve sustainability goals.

Solar power has emerged as the leading solution in pursuing a sustainable future. Hayleys Fentons, Sri Lanka’s number one solar EPC company and MEP contractor, is at the forefront of this transformation, setting the stage for a greener and more sustainable future.

With a steadfast commitment to growth, accessibility, and empowering communities, Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, is revolutionizing the renewable energy landscape in the country. It’s the newest venture – establishing Green Experience Centers island-wide over the next years.

Hayleys Fentons aims to ensure the accessibility and affordability of solar power across all sectors of society, championing sustainable development as a testament to their unwavering dedication towards forging a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Expanding with Green Experience Centers 

Hayleys Fentons is taking a bold step forward with its inspiring plan to launch Green Experience Centers. These experience centers are innovative hubs where visitors can explore the world of solar technology and engage with cutting-edge value engineering solutions.

The Experience Center offers a comprehensive range of world-class solutions, from solar power systems to cutting-edge ICT Solutions, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing solutions, CCTV systems, uninterrupted power supply (UPS), Lighting solutions, Facility management services, and more. It offers an immersive experience meant to inspire people to embrace clean energy.

The inaugural center, situated within the Katunayake Investment Promotion Zone, operates solely on solar power and an off-grid system powered by a lithium battery system, making it Sri Lanka’s first green energy-powered experience center.

Hayleys Fentons’ was further strengthened with their second experience centre, opened at 109, Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Matara very recently, strengthening the company’s plan to bring solar solutions closer to its customers.

Making solar power affordable

Hayleys Fentons’ commitment to sustainability is deeply rooted in its core values. The company understands that one of the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy has been its affordability. To address this issue, Hayleys Solar introduces affordable yet quality solar solutions to the market.

By making solar energy available to a wider audience, the company expands the market size and ensures that affordable energy is within reach.

Hasith Prematillake, the Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons, emphasizes that their vision goes beyond profit. “The goal is to make solar power accessible and affordable across all sectors of the country, enabling communities to become energy self-sufficient.”

Leading the Solar Energy Market

By providing innovative and cutting-edge solar energy solutions, Hayleys Solar has established itself as a reliable partner in the pursuit of a sustainable future.

With its highly skilled team of engineers, the company leads the transformative efforts of both commercial and industrial sectors in adopting solar power solutions. Hayleys Solar prioritizes maintenance efficiency, energy and resource optimization, and CO2 reduction in its solutions.

Roshane Perera, Director and CEO of Hayleys Solar, states that “Hayleys Solar’s experience and expertise in the industry allowed the company to become the market leader. Today, Hayleys Solar has installed over 125 MW of solar systems, accounting for the largest collective solar rooftop capacity in Sri Lanka.” Cost benefits and various sustainability initiatives have prompted many companies to embrace solar energy, he said.

Empowering Communities

Hayleys Solar recognizes that empowering communities is crucial for sustainable development. By making solar energy accessible and affordable, the company reduces dependence on traditional energy sources and creates opportunities for communities to thrive.

Rising electricity tariffs in Sri Lanka have placed a burden on households, making solar energy an attractive alternative. Investing in a solar system ensures fixed, levelized costs of solar electricity generation, allowing for stable production cost calculations for the next two decades, regardless of inflation or utility tariff revisions.

The company is optimistic about the future and plans to continue its growth trajectory while maintaining its commitment to sustainability.

“We are confident that with our expertise and experience, we can continue to lead the way in the renewable energy industry in Sri Lanka,” Perera says. “We will continue to innovate and provide environmentally friendly solutions to our customers while contributing to a sustainable future for all.”

As solar energy becomes an increasingly vital solution globally and in Sri Lanka, Hayleys Solar, powered by Hayleys Fentons, is at the forefront, guiding Sri Lanka toward a brighter, more sustainable future, ensuring that the country’s solar energy sector is efficient, reliable, and accessible to all by bringing solar solutions closer to customers.

Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, in partnership with Lumala, a pioneering bicycle brand in Sri Lanka with a market presence of 4 decades, is looking to revolutionize the country’s e-mobility sector. This expedition, named the “Eco Ride”, took place covering a route of over 800 km extended from Point Pedro to Dondra from 6th to 16th of March. Participants rode on Lumala E-bikes powered by Energynet, an innovative off-grid/hybrid solar PV system with battery backup provided by Hayleys Solar.

This partnership marks Hayleys Solar’s entry into solar-powered commute solutions which is an extension of its existing domestic and industrial solar solutions. The transport sector is one of the main carbon emitters in the country, responsible for almost 47% of CO2 emissions (WRI CAIT 2.0, 2015), and is growing at an alarming rate. Solar-powered e-bikes provide a practical and renewable solution to this problem, particularly in Sri Lanka, where sunlight is in abundance throughout the year. This is especially important at a time when energy security poses one of the most serious challenge in Sri Lanka.

Additionally, solar-powered e-bikes provide a convenient mode of transportation for short-to medium-distance travel, especially in congested urban areas where parking and traffic can be challenging.

Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Hayleys Fentons, said that the Lithium-ion based e-bike from Lumala offers a higher occupancy rate, speed, and travel range that can satisfy the needs of the local commute. “In partnership with Lumala, we’re evaluating the potential of solar-powered commute solutions in Sri Lanka. Petrol prices are fluctuating and it may not be feasible for people to continuously use their own vehicles daily. Together we are looking to reduce energy consumption by more than 41%, as well as decrease CO2 emissions by more than 75%.”

Roshane Perera, Director & Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Solar, said, “Hayleys Solar is proud to be the energy partner of Lumala’s “Eco Ride.” This partnership exemplifies our commitment to sustainability, innovation, and community development. We are further exploring the possibilities in bringing green hydrogen technology to promote sustainable mobility in Sri Lanka.”

Commenting on the initiative, Aazim Miflal, Managing Director of Lumala said, “As a Sri Lankan household name synonymous with bicycles, our response to the current energy crisis was the introduction of a Lithium-ion based Electric bicycle. With an operating cost of only Rs 1 per km and the ability to charge the bikes while on the go through the Energynet system, the Eco ride showed a practical and cost-effective solution for off-grid resorts and plants. By combining the Energynet System with electric bikes, the need to maintain a conventional motorbike and its additional costs were eliminated.”

“The 100km Eco Ride, proved that the Energynet system is of high quality and provides reliable assurance, even when exposed to extremely harsh conditions,” said Miflal.

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