Mauritius launches 'Home Solar' project to alleviate poverty

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius has launched a Home Solar project that aims at installing solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops of 10,000 poor households 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.

Around 2,000 households will be targeted per year. It will be implemented in five phases over the next five years.

Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Collendavelloo said 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 said the project aims at helping low-income communities to be energy sufficient, save energy costs and protect the environment.

“The Central Electricity Board (CEB) will pay for the installation of the photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of those households which have been identified,” the Deputy Prime Minister added.

According to him, 350 million rupees (US$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 the project.

Mr Collendavelloo said the project will bring 10 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity into the grid, resulting in savings of over US$35 million in fossil fuel imports over the project lifetime and improvements in the energy security of the country.
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18 may 2018 09:07:57




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