GIS – 15 November 2018: The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, handed over Home Solar Project Certificates yesterday to 17 beneficiaries of the region of Trèfles in Rose Hill during a ceremony held at the Trochetia Municipal Centre in Trèfles.
In his address, Mr Collendavelloo expressed his satisfaction that it is the first time that people from the lower rungs of society will be able to consume electricity that they will produce themselves through solar panels. He lauded the Home Solar Project which aims at helping low-income communities to be energy sufficient, save energy costs and protect the environment.
He added that the Central Electricity Board (CEB) will pay for the installation of the photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of those households which have been identified. He also said the CEB will give the beneficiaries 50 units of electricity free each month for the next 20 years, which will enable people in low income communities to benefit from significant electricity bill savings.
Speaking about the Home Solar Project, Mr Collendavelloo recalled that a sum of Rs 350 million (USD 10 million) has been obtained as a loan from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for the implementation of this project. According to him, the project will bring 10 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity into the grid, resulting in savings of over USD 35 million in fossil fuel imports over the project lifetime and improvements in the energy security of the country.
Furthermore, the Deputy Prime Minister highlighted that the Home Solar Project earned an IRENA Award International Recognition on 13 January 2018, as supported by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the IRENA, the global platform for international cooperation on renewable energy. The Project ranked first out of all 89 projects submitted to IRENA. He underscored that the Director General of IRENA, Mr Adnan Z. Amin, had congratulated Mauritius for the quality and the innovativeness of the Home Solar Project which will support low income households and improve their quality.
The Home Solar Project
This project, which is being implemented by the CEB and CEB (Green Energy) Co. Ltd aims at installing solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops of 10 000 households in Social Category tariff 110A as part of the Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty whilst contributing to the national target of achieving 35% of renewable electricity in the energy mix by 2025.
The Pilot Phase, targeting an initial 1 000 households (1000 Solar PV Kits) with a total capacity of 1 megawatt is currently in the process of being implemented with 654 PV kits already installed as at 08 Nov 2018.
In the second phase, 10 000 Grid-Tie Roof-Mounted Solar PV Kits will be deployed for 10 000 CEB customers. Implementation of the second phase is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019, with around 2 000 kits per year over the next five years.
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