Mauritius target 40% of renewable energy in its electricity mix by 2030 from a current 21.7%. This projected target is higher than IRENA and SEFORALL global renewable energy targets of 30 to 36% of renewable energies contribution in the energy mix by 2030.
To this effect, utility scale solar and wind projects of a total capacity of some 80 MW are currently grid connected resulting in an increase in electricity generated from primary renewable energy sources from 5.5% in 2016 to 8.1%.
Government aims at achieving its target of doubling the contribution of renewable energy in the electricity mix through the implementation of targeted strategies, namely:
- Implementation of utility scale renewable energy projects through a tender based approach;
- Encouraging households in the generation of part of their electricity consumption by investing in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies;
- Encouraging businesses, cooperatives, religious and Government Bodies to generate part of their energy requirements from renewable energy sources;
- Facilitating the integration of renewable energies in new real estate projects such as commercial complexes and smart cities;
- Promoting the inception of innovative energy projects through pilot projects of a maximum of 200Kw and,
- Implementation of energy efficiency programme at commercial, industrial and household levels.
Despite an unfavourable global economic context, Government has explicitly demonstrated its commitment in achieving the 2030 target for Mauritius. Consequently, a series of actions are being undertaken at different fronts, namely:
- Commissioning of 14 MW of battery storage to maintain grid stability;
- Setting up of a 2 MW floating solar project at Tamarind Falls Reservoir;
- Increasing the Henrietta solar PV facility from 2 MW to 10 MW;
- Installation of 1000 solar panels for low income households;
- Opening up of 25 MW capacity for rooftop solar;
- Opening up of 10 MW capacity for MSDG targeting commercial and industrial enterprises;
- Devising of a biomass framework for electricity generation, and
- Finalisation of green bond framework for financing of local and regional green projects
- Solar PV projects are VAT exempt.
- Accelerated Income Tax Depreciation Provision for Green Investment for investment in green technology equipment (50% straight line).
- E projects are exempt from land conversion tax.
- Businesses and households eligible for tax deduction from investments in solar units equipment
- All interest income from debentures issued to finance renewable energy projects and which are approved by the MRA are exempted from tax.
- ALL ENERGY PROJECTS ARE SUBJECT TO A TENDER PROCESS. UNSOLLICITED PROPOSALS ARE NOT COSIDERED BY THE EDB.
- Pilot innovative projects in the fields of renewable energies are considered under the MARENA National Scheme for Emerging/Innovative Technologies.