The Home Solar Project was inaugurated yesterday at the residence of Mrs Marie Valerie Priscile Manan at Allee Jacques, Cascavelle, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo.
This project, to be implemented by the Central Electricity Board (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.
In the first instance, around 2 000 households will be targeted per year. It will be implemented in five phases over the next five years. The pilot phase (1 000 Solar PV Kits) has been completed at 10 different places in the region of Black River and Bramsthan. The first 10 Solar PV Kits has been installed in these regions.
In his address, Mr Collendavelloo expressed his satisfaction that the project has started while adding 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 he said is a significant one since it aims at helping low-income communities to be energy sufficient, save energy costs and protect the environment. He added that the CEB will pay for the installation of the photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of those households which have been identified.
The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that in a bid to promote the development of renewable Energy particularly solar energy for generation of electricity, the CEB (Green Energy) Co. Ltd, a private company fully owned by the CEB, was set up in October 2016.
Speaking about the Home Solar Project, Mr Collendavelloo underlined 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. People in low income communities will also benefit from significant electricity bill savings, he added.
Furthermore, the Deputy Prime Minister stated 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 recalled 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.
Source: Government of Mauritius