Henrietta PV Station, Mauritius

GCF Low Carbon Economy Project

Accelerating the transformational shift to a low-carbon economy in the Republic of Mauritius

The Green Climate Fund, through a USD 28.21 million grant is enabling the Government of Mauritius to meet its target of using renewables to supply 60 percent of the country’s energy needs by 2030, as per 2021 updated NDCs of the Republic of Mauritius as announced in the 2022/23 Budget Speech.

This is part of a broad national strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, to enhance energy security and climate change mitigation, and to improve the country’s balance of payments.

PARTNERS

  1. Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Planning
  2. Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities
  3. Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA)
  4. Utility Regulatory Authority
  5. Central Electricity Board
  6. National Women’s Council
  7. University of Mauritius
  8. Outer Islands Development Corporation (Phase II – Agalega)
  9. National Women’s Council
  10. Development Bank of Mauritius Ltd


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KEY RESULTS

  • 18 MW of utility-scale Battery Energy Storage System, financed through a GCF grant of USD 10.5M, fully operational since Dec 2021. This has enabled 50 MW of intermittent RE to be connected to the grid, helping to avoid 81,000 tonnes of emitted CO2 annually;
  • Management Information System for MARENA and Utility Regulatory Authority developed and operational, helping automate the application process for projects , RE installers and suppliers;
  • National Grid Code for the electricity market finalized. Standards for Renewable Energy Technology and Regulations for Accreditation Mechanism for RE operators developed, helping to boost investments in RE sector locally;
  • Awareness material on RE developed and disseminated;
  • More than 1500 women benefiting from awareness and training sessions on RE and entrepreneurship;
  • Feasibility study for setting up of a Floating Solar PV farm on the Tamarind Falls reservoir completed.
  • Innovative Schemes on Renewable Energy launched
  • Proclamation of Electricity Act 2005

Project Context

80%

of primary energy met from imported fossil fuels in Mauritius

1.01 tonnes of CO2/MWh high-grid emission factor

3.3%

increase in net GHG emission per year

24.2% coal

Imported fossil fuels

65.7% Fuel, Diesel oil and LPG as imported fossil fuels

Impact

START DATE

August 2017

END DATE

August 2025

STATUS

Ongoing

PROJECT OFFICE

Mauritius

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER

Government of Mauritius

DONORS

Australian DFAT

Economic Commission for Africa

GOVERNMENT OF MAURITIUS

GREEN CLIMATE FUND

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

$22,099,306

DELIVERY IN PREVIOUS YEARS

2017$263,287

2018$2,254,961

2019$1,549,529

2020$6,936,737

2021$1,634,383

2022$1,955,161

2023$1,767,592

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