MAURITIUS – GreenYellow Indian Ocean, the subsidiary of the French company GreenYellow, has signed an agreement with the Central Electricity Board (CEB), the entity that manages electricity in Mauritius.
The agreement covers the construction of a 13.86 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Arsenal.
The solar park will be built in Arsenal, a town in the north of the island. The facility will have a capacity of 13.86 MWp, making it one of the largest installations of its kind on the island.
Currently, Mauritius has an installed capacity of 876 MW, of which 498 MW is produced by CEB and the rest by independent power producers (IPPs).
Most of the electricity consumed in Mauritius is generated by oil and coal-fired power plants according to the CEB. The country also has hydroelectric facilities capable of producing 60 MW, or 4% of its electricity mix.
To reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, the CEB recently launched a tender for the construction of two 140 MWp solar photovoltaic plants with storage. These projects will be developed entirely by independent power producers (IPPs) in order to connect the future plants to the national grid of Mauritius.
The project has resulted in the construction of a solar photovoltaic power plant, equipped with diesel generators that take over after sunset.
The plant provides electricity to the people and businesses of this city of 100,000 inhabitants. According to GreenYellow, the new facility will boost the local economy, which has grown through fishing, especially of shellfish, as well as the cultivation of rice, corn, cassava, cotton and sugar by Chinese producers.
The company, led by Christian Cachat, is currently installing mobile power generation units in Ambokatra, the main quarry that supplies building materials in Madagascar. The installations, which will have a capacity of 148 kWp, will be backed up by 600 kW diesel generators. This electricity will be sold under a 7-year contract to Colas Madagascar, the subsidiary of the French group Bouygues.