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.

Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons, has completed phase 1 of the grid-tied rooftop solar PV system for Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd, a leading apparel manufacturer. This project covered Emjay’s manufacturing facilities located at Karandagolla, Kurunegala, and Panwila, Kandy.

The project is part of Emjay’s ‘Mihiliya’ sustainability initiative to create energy-efficient and sustainable environments. The installation of solar panels at Emjay’s Karandagolla and Panwila factories will generate 54,737 kWhs and 21,146 kWhs of solar power respectively, reducing CO2 emissions by 40.5 tonnes and 15.63 tonnes monthly.

This project is a testimony to Emjay’s commitment to ensuring a high degree of social and environmental responsibility and their renewable energy transition. Furthermore, the project enables Emjay to meet its sustainability goals by consuming clean and renewable energy in its production facilities, to go net zero.

Mr. Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director of Fentons Ltd mentioned that “At Hayleys Solar, we are dedicated to delivering top-notch solar solutions and our partnership with Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd exemplifies our unwavering commitment to this goal. Projects like this one allow us to showcase our expertise and provide high-quality solar solutions to meet the diverse needs of our clients. We look forward to implementing more projects like this in our journey of building a more sustainable Sri Lanka.”

Emjay’s sustainability strategy and meeting its objectives not only helps the company meet corporate goals, but has also attracted global brands that promote sustainability. The successful implementation of this project is a significant milestone in Emjay’s journey toward sustainability and a positive contribution to preserving the environment.

Ms. Roshani Wijayapala, Director of Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd, shared her comments on the project, “We as Emjay have understood the importance of building a sustainable corporate, which needs to be positively contributing and preserving our mother nature. This resulted in the creation of ‘Mihiliya’, which is our sustainability strategy. We partnered with Hayleys Solar, to meet one of Mihiliya’s objectives of converting our production facilities into safe and clean energy sources. With the installation of solar panels in our Karandagolla and Panwila factories, 78% and 60% respectively of the energy demand is met through renewable energy. This is a huge milestone in our journey towards sustainability.”

Sharing his thoughts, Mr. Roshane Perera, Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Solar said: “The successful completion of this project further solidifies our position as the number one solar provider in the country. Our team is ready and eager to continue supporting individuals and businesses to transition to clean energy. We would like to extend our gratitude to Emjay International (Pvt) Ltd, for placing their trust in us.”

Commercial installations such as the projects completed at Emjay allow organizations to maintain their commitments to sustainability initiatives, whilst avoiding electricity tariff revisions and continuous financial challenges, ensuring economical health. Hayleys Solar has brought in the latest technology to effectively utilize solar energy and minimize fuel costs during power outages. So far, Hayleys Solar has completed over 125 Megawatts of Solar PV Systems across the island, covering domestic and commercial projects. Backed by over 100 years of engineering excellence from Fentons Ltd, Hayleys Solar can provide solar projects and solutions of the highest quality standard.

With the growing need for clean and renewable energy sources, solar power has become an increasingly popular option for Sri Lankan homeowners. However, selecting the best-suited solar panel system for your needs can be a daunting task. It requires careful consideration of several factors, such as energy needs, system size, shading issues, and safety requirements. Making the right decision can maximize energy production and cost savings, while a poor choice can lead to inefficiencies and long-term expenses. As the No.1 solar provider in Sri Lanka, Hayleys Solar has the expertise and experience to help homeowners make informed decisions.

  • Panel technology:

Panel technology plays a crucial role in the performance and reliability of solar panels. Hayleys Solar offers high-quality  solar panel technology, including the Mono PERC panels. These panels are 500Wp and above, making them suitable for various solar energy needs. The  technology used in these panels is Monocrystalline PERC, known for its high efficiency and reliability.

  • Size:

Size is another important consideration when selecting solar panels. The Mono PERC panels from Hayleys Solar come in two sizes, providing installation flexibility. The smallest size is 1960 x 991 x 40 mm, while the largest size is 2279 x 1134 x 35 mm. Homeowners can choose the size that best fits their available space and energy requirements.

  • Warranty: 

Warranty is a crucial factor to consider when investing in solar panels. Hayleys Solar offers a 12-year warranty for their Mono PERC panels. This warranty covers any defects or issues with the panels and ensures that they perform optimally without material failures. In addition, Hayleys Solar provides a performance guarantee of up to 25 years, ensuring that the panels maintain a minimum of 84.8% efficiency even after 25 years of use. This long-term warranty and performance guarantee provide homeowners with peace of mind and confidence in their investment.

  • Efficiency and temperature coefficient:

Efficiency and temperature coefficient are key indicators of solar panel performance. The efficiency of the Mono PERC panels from Hayleys Solar can go up to 21.7%, which is relatively high for solar panels. This high efficiency translates to greater energy production and higher cost savings. Additionally, the temperature coefficient of these panels is -0.35%/°C, meaning that they can perform well in a wide range of temperatures. This feature makes the Mono PERC panels from Hayleys Solar among the most efficient and reliable solar panels available in the market.

When it comes to selecting the best-suited solar panel system for your home, Hayleys Solar offers a comprehensive range of options. Their Mono PERC panels with advanced technology, different sizes, and impressive warranty and performance guarantees ensure that homeowners can make an informed decision.

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