Renewable energy: Mauritius wants to set standard
3 June 2011
Mauritius wants to set the standard in the domain of renewable energies in Africa.
The Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, made this declaration at the opening of the African Presidential Round Table 2011, last Wednesday in Port-Louis, reports the Xinhua press agency.
He indicated that Mauritius was aiming to reach its goal of obtaining 35 percent of its energy production from renewable energies within nine years, through the MID Project (Projet Maurice Ile Durable).
"If Mauritius can depend less and less on fossil fuels, other African countries can do it too", added Navin Ramgoolam.
Elsewhere, the Council of Ministers this week gave its endorsement to 21 local renewable energy projects which will benefit from State incentives, reports the newspaper L'Express.
The government in fact wants to encourage the generation of electricity by small independent producers (PPI) from renewable energy sources. They will produce enough for their own consumption and may also sell any surplus to the Central Electricity Board (CEB).