Seychelles Announces ‘Smart Energy in Public Spaces’ Clean Energy Plan

By Staff Published: October 15, 2017, 8:08 am
smart energy(Photo: Seychelles News Agency)

A new program in Seychelles focusing on energy efficiency in state buildings and street lighting will soon launch.

Called ‘Smart Energy in Public Spaces,’ the new program will include the installation of 10,000 LED streets lamps by 2020 across the three main islands of Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

“The same program will also provide all the public schools with solar photovoltaic panels and other accessories for them to meet the schools’ energy needs,” said the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley at a recent opening of the energy fair.

From Seychelles News Agency. Story by Daniel Laurence.

The minister added that the program will in the future cover health centres and old people’s homes.

The energy trade fair — done in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Fund (GEF) — was showcasing the various technologies which exist on the local market for both renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, is highly dependent on imported oil to meet its energy needs. Some 90 percent of the primary energy supply comes from imported fuel, and fuel for electricity generation accounts for 12 percent of the total government budget.

Earlier this year, $74,000 (SCR 1 million) was allocated to the Seychelles Energy Commission to develop a comprehensive energy efficiency program.

Read more at Seychelles News Agency.

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