GIS – 12 July, 2019: A solar photovoltaic system, under the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Rebate Scheme for cooperative societies, was launched, yesterday, by the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, at Al Barakah Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd, Rose Belle, in the presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premduth Koonjoo, the Private Parliamentary Secretary, Mrs Sandhya Boygah, and other personalities.
The Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives (Cooperatives Division) in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities and the Central Electricity Board (CEB).
Under this Scheme, cooperative federations and societies are entitled to a solar PV installation of an allowed capacity of a maximum of 5 kilowatt peak (kWp) for electricity supply having a declared electrical load above 20 kVA and accordingly benefit from a one-off grant of Rs 25 000 for each kWp of the solar PV installed. In this context, Al Barakah Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd received a grant of Rs 125 000 from Government for the implementation of the solar PV system.
The CEB accepts applications from the cooperative sector on a first come first served basis until a maximum cumulative capacity of 100 kW and 25 kW of solar PV installations is attained for Mauritius and Rodrigues, respectively under this Scheme and the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives which was previously operational.
In his address, Minister Bholah recalled that the Scheme comprises the production of electricity by cooperatives using solar photovoltaic (PV) installation and the provision of a grant for PV installation. It aims at offering cooperative societies and federations the opportunity to produce electricity using solar photovoltaic technology, and is in line with the Government’s long term energy strategy to increase the share of renewable energy to 35% in the national energy mix by 2025 and maintained at 35% until horizon 2030.
He also lauded Al Barakah Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd for adopting the solar PV system against other traditional methods. The Scheme will help cooperative societies to reduce their monthly payment for electricity and use the savings for the investment made in the acquisition of the renewable energy system, the Minister added.
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