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In efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, the Denis Private Island has implemented the first phase of a four-phase solar photovoltaic power project.

According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island used to consume 100 litres of diesel fuel per day.

Speaking to local media, Denis Private Island owner Mickey Mason explained: “While most photovoltaic projects feed power back into a public energy grid, primarily because there is no grid, the challenges on Denis are considerably different.

“The entire operation on the remote island (a 30-minute flight from the main island of Mahé) has had to be powered independently with its own diesel generators, making the switch to renewable energy a more complicated affair.”

The solar project was implemented in partnership with local company Sun Tech Seychelles and German firm, DHYBRID.

The first phase saw the installation of a 104kW solar array, together with the DHYBRID Universal Power Platform, which will serve as the foundation for the current and future integration of solar energy on the island.

DHYBRID chief technology officer, Tobias Reiner, said: “With the universal power platform in place, the island has an energy roadmap towards 100% renewable.”

“Denis Island is a beautiful and unique destination and we are very proud that our technology is now supporting the ambitious vision of the island towards a green and sustainable energy supply,” Reiner said.

According to Reiner: “Denis Island is a role model in sustainability and we hope that this installation will set a further example to other islands in Seychelles.”

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“We’ve always known that in keeping with our mission for not just a sustainable hotel but a sustainable and self-dependent island, we would have to address the issue of power,” said Mason.

“However, for us, it’s not as simple as putting a few panels on the roof. If we’re going to do it right, we had to have a structure that would allow us to gradually shift toward the new technology without disrupting our existing operations,” Mason concluded.