Mauritius PM: Renewable sources must make up 35% of energy mix by 2025
In the near future, Mauritius will have two wind farms for the production of energy, one at Curepipe and the other at Plaines des Roches, declared Ramgoolam. (Image: Meeco)
Mauritius should stop being dependent on fossil fuel and by the year 2025, at least 35% of the energy produced should be from renewable sources, said the island’s Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam at the inauguration of the Bambous Solar Farm yesterday.
In the near future, Mauritius will have two wind farms for the production of energy, one at Curepipe and the other at Plaines des Roches, declared Ramgoolam.
Prime Minister Ramgoolam added that this project is in line with the philosophy of the government as far as the Maurice Ile Durable concept is concerned.
Maurice Ile Durable, or MID, seeks to promote the concept of sustainable development, of which green energy is a cornerstone.
The solar farm at Bambous proposes clean energy and at the same time reduces the emission of carbon through burning of alternative fossil fuel to the atmosphere.
The Bambous Solar Farm, which is a photo-voltaic solar farm, supplies electricity to the grid of the Central Electricity Board (CEB).
The energy generated by the farm will be used solely for adding up to the electricity produced by the CEB, thus reducing the amount of fossil fuel imported for the production of electricity.
This project, which involved investments to the tune of Rs 1.2 billion, has a production capacity of 15MW and as many as 62,000 modules of photo-voltaic solar panels have been installed on site.
Additionally, around 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be saved per year and the project will provide employment (direct and indirect) to at least 300 people.
Last year, the confidential report of the National Energy Commission (NEC) to the cabinet was made public in December, and it declared that the Integrated Electricity Plan (IEP) (2013-2022) did not do justice to the concept of a sustainable Mauritius.
In light of the cabinet’s approval of the implementation of the coal-based CT Power project, expected to be operational by 2016, the NEC report concluded that the IEP ‘could not fully adhere to the MID Policy, Strategy and Action Plan which was only approved in June 2013, in particular the 35% renewable energy (RE) target in 2025.’
In the face of such alarming wake-up calls, measures like the Bambous Solar Farm are the need of the hour to make sure that the island nation is successful in treading the path of sustainable development, and can be held out as a model to other African nations for being a green energy powered economy.