Mauritius | Energy

September 30, 2013

1.4 MW Injected Into the Network of CEB

The Small Scale Distributed Generation Project (SSDG), which is in line with the Maurice Ile Durable concept, is designed for those wishing to generate electricity for their own consumption from renewable sources and sell the surplus to the Central Electricity Board (CEB). To date, 1.4 MW of electricity produced was injected into the network of the CEB.

According to forecasts, the CEB hopes inject a power of more than 2 MW to its network by the end of the year. In doing so, the CEB is preparing to cope with the increasing rise in the country's energy needs, which are expected to increase 37% over the next ten years.

The SSDG is a system to generate electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and water.

You can have a system SSDG based solar power technology that uses solar panels or a system that uses wind energy using wind technology. The third type of technology that can be used is the mini-hydro turbine.

Over 500 applications were received by CEB

The Central Electricity Board (CEB) has received, to date, 458 applications for Mauritius and Rodrigues in the residential categories, commercial and industrial, with a total power of 4.1 MW, and 106 applications in the public categories, educational , charitable and religious, to a power of about 1.32 MW. These projects fall under the plan Small Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG).

Between December 2010 and May 2011, during the first phase of the project SSDG for a capacity of 2 MW, the CEB had received a large number of applications. Similarly, when the second phase of the project, with a capacity of 1 MW, was launched in November 2011, the 1 MW was quickly reached. From September 2011 to December 2011, the energy exported to the CEB network totaled 2,334 kWh. In 2012, this figure rose to 193,000 kWh, which demonstrates that the project began to grow. According to a senior official of the CEB, it is estimated that the energy exported to the CEB network double in 2013.

The SSDG project aims to reduce the energy bill of the state. The government relies on the democratization of energy production to meet the growing demand for electricity, which has an annual increase of 5%, and also reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Depending on the renewable energy source available at home as well as the technology, people can generate electricity for their own consumption and sell any surplus to CEB through grids. Applicants are categorized as follows: residential, commercial and industrial. They are allowed to generate electricity on a small scale with a maximum individual capacity of 50 kW.

 

Text by Le Matinal
 

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