Maurice Ile Durable gets boost with photovoltaic solar energy projects
SETL mecco is a leader in the photovoltaic kits and generators space in Mauritius and is promoting the concept of green energy across the island. (Image: Mecco)
With over 107 solar installations in Mauritius and Rodrigues already, SETL meeco Ltd has a slew of photovoltaic projects lined up for 2014 in view of supporting the island’s transition to a greener Mauritius.
SETL mecco is a leader in the photovoltaic kits and generators space in Mauritius and is promoting the concept of green energy across the island.
The company produces energy worth close to Rs 20 million per year and is responsible for as much as 1.4 MW Small Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG) out of the total of 1.8 MW of energy generated across the island.
“Our company chose to take the path of green energy since there is a growing demand in Mauritius. We are in line with the concept of ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ which represents an economic opportunity that can be beneficial for all of us,” said Philippe Genoud, Chief Operating Officer of SETL meeco.
With the objective of consolidating its ongoing and future business in Mauritius as well as entering the neighboring island in the near future, LEAL-owned Solar-Ernte-Technik LTD (SETL) and Swiss company meeco AG, had created this joint venture on May 3rd 2013.
“Mauritius is a substantial market for our company and we are looking forward to further develop photovoltaic energy in the country,” said Jo Hanns Dieter Trutschler, Sales Director of The meeco Group.
SETL meeco markets different types of photovoltaic kits, especially the grid-tied with or without energy storage backup, of which the set up requires a permit from the Central Electricity Board (CEB).
On the other hand, this CEB permit is not necessary for other models, such as the hybrid kit and the stand-alone kit.
“There is a market for clean energy in Mauritius because the final consumers can achieve relevant savings on their electricity bills, all the while contributing in the preservation of the environment. We are humbly contributing in reducing greenhouses gases and our dependence on fossil energies,” added Genoud.
The solar kits, paired which a storage system, enable its users to avoid the bad experience of an electric shut down, while still benefiting from a reduced electricity bill, whereby the user can resell the surplus of electricity produced by his system, if the production exceeds the demand of his premises.
Furthermore, SETL meeco offers turnkey solutions and follows up for administrative issues at the CEB and financial institutions.
“A lot of clients put trust in us, including several schools such as the Collège du Saint-Esprit and Universal College, as well as private companies, such as Clinique du Nord and EAL Man Hin Group,” adds Prakash Ramiah, Assistant General Manager at SETL meeco.