Development of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Nainativu Island                    

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March 13, 2024

Development of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Nainativu Island                    


  • Recent developments in sustainable energy initiatives have seen the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority collaborating with an Indian company to construct Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems in Nainativu Island, along with Delft and Analaitivu islands, situated off the Jaffna peninsula.

Overview of Nainativu Island:

  • Nainativu Island, situated in the Palk Strait between Sri Lanka and southern India, lies in close proximity to the renowned Delft Island, also known as Neduntheevu. Despite its small size, Nainativu holds significant geographical importance, being situated near the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna.

Cultural and Historical Significance:

  • This diminutive island holds immense cultural and religious significance, serving as a vital pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Historically, Nainativu finds mention in ancient Tamil Sangam literature, referred to as Manipallavam. Notably, it houses the revered Nagapooshani Amman Kovil, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the principal deity of Tamil Hindus, Amman. The temple is closely associated with the Tamil deity Meenakshi from Madurai, mainland India.

Historical Significance:

  • According to the Mahavamsa, a renowned chronicle composed by the Monk Mahanama in the 6th century A.D., Nainativu Island, also known as ‘Serpent Island’, holds significance as the place where the Buddha purportedly visited during his second trip to Sri Lanka, occurring five years after his enlightenment.


  • The endeavor to introduce Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems to Nainativu Island marks a significant step towards sustainable development in the region, while also acknowledging the island’s rich cultural and historical heritage. This initiative not only addresses energy needs but also contributes to the preservation of the island’s natural beauty and cultural identity.

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