The Solar Power Project was an important part of the Greener Royal concept. It was greatly demanded by all stakeholders of the college as Royal College had an unbearable expense on electricity consumption of nearly 4,500,000. LKR per month and only a minute proportion was funded by the government. The simplest way to counter the above mentioned issue was to curtail and to be thrifty. But it was not a practical and a long-term solution for this humongous institution catering to over 8500 students and a staff of 500.
Royal College as always explored the most innovative method to answer this problem. Starting off the massive project with the planning , calculating the required amount of solar panels to supply the power and selecting a company that could comply with the financial ability and the sustainability of the solar power system. The proposed plan which was examined by the experts of the field was presented to Hon. Min. Kabir Hashim. With his green light the committee began the process of establishing the system. Solar panels were fitted on the main building roof to and inverters and the monitoring system was stationed next to the main office of College. This whole project which costed about 12.5 Million rupees was completed by the Nihon Green Power Co. (PVT) Ltd. as a generous donation made to the Royal College.
On Friday the 4th of August 2017 Hon. Min. Sagala Rathnayake declared open the first solar power supply system at a school in Sri Lanka at Royal College, Colombo. The minister then addressed the College students to extended his blessing and appreciation towards this mammoth effort.
This was a great step towards the the utilization of renewable energy and to use modern technology to the benefit of the environment and the society by the Royalists. This event would have been impossible if not for the extreme commitment and hard work of the Greener Royal committee,Teachers, Old boys and the Prefects’ Council. Generations to come will be benefited and inspired by this tremendous step forward towards a sustainable future.