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Deputy Prime Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Ivan Collendavelloo, laid the foundation stone of the Henrietta solar Photovoltaic (PV) farm, with a capacity of 2MWp.

The solar PV farm, located close to the Tamarind Falls Dam, is a project led by the Central Electricity Board (Green Energy).

After receiving all necessary permits and clearances from the local authorities, the construction of the solar farm started in April 2018 and is expected to be operational by the end of November 2018.

Solar PV farm project

The project comprises the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a 2MWp grid-tie ground-mounted solar photovoltaic farm with all necessary accessories supporting the structures and interconnection facilities over a surface area of 20,000 square metres.

The equipment to be installed consists of 5,900 solar photovoltaic panels, inverters, ground-mounting structures, switchgears and transformers, amongst others.

Upon completion, the generated power from the solar farm will eventually be injected to the nearest 22 kV network.

The farm is expected to generate approximately 3GWh of renewable energy annually. Read more:Mauritius – gateway for investment into Africa’s energy sector

Henrietta solar PV farm will accelerate the integration of renewable energy into the generation mix and consequently help government to achieve the target of 35% renewable energy in the energy mix by 2025, said the Deputy Prime Minister in his address during the occasion.

Mauritius to reduce dependency on fossils

He underscored that government's aim is also to reduce the country's dependence on the use of fossil fuel for energy production.

It is within this context, that multiple projects are underway to ensure that Mauritius's energy sector becomes modern, sustainable and dynamic, he indicated,

Collendavelloo added that the total number of solar PV farms in Mauritius will reach 11 by 2019.

In the context of the International Solar Alliance, he said Mauritius is working in collaboration with countries such as France and India to develop and expand the production of solar energy.