Project details
1080 ยท Solar energy
  • Bambous, Mauritius
New hope for a vulnerable island

By facilitating the construction and operation of Mauritius' first large scale solar power plant, this project saves carbon emissions and improves the local population's supply with clean energy. More than 80 percent of the island's electricity is generated from imported coal and heavy fuel oil, which causes massive CO2-emissions. Mauritius' energy consumption is rapidly increasing and the traditional way of meeting the demand would be to add capacities of fossil fuel-fired plants. Thanks to carbon finance a local enterprise was able to construct a 15 MW solar plant. The plant produces an average 22,648 MWh per year which are fed into the national grid. This supplies 35,000 local residents with clean energy and accounts for 2% of Mauritius' electricity production.

As a small island state, Mauritius is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, like heavy storms, floods or droughts, which are challenging its socio-economic development. By reducing the amount of emissions from fossil fuel-based electricity generation and promoting renewable energies in the region, the project contributes to climate change mitigation.

How does solar energy contribute to climate action?

Although the development of renewable energy sources is increasing, energy from fossil fuels is still a significant part of energy production worldwide. This is associated with the release of large amounts of carbon emissions. The use of solar energy is a good way to provide people around the world with renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solar installations, implemented through solar projects, convert sunlight into electricity (photovoltaic) or heat (solar thermal). Even when the sky is cloudy, the solar thermal power plants generate heat and convert it into electricity. Photovoltaic projects use the photoelectric effect to convert sunlight into electricity.

The energy produced is typically fed into the national or regional power grid, reducing the share of fossil fuels in the electricity mix. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, solar projects also prevent the release of various pollutants associated with conventional power generation. Solar energy projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean EnergyThe project has increased the share of solar PV in Mauritius' national energy mix from 0,5 to 2 percent and reduced the island's dependency from fossil fuel imports.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthAbout 300 local workers were hired for the installation, testing and start up of the solar plant. 20 permanent full time staff are employed in administrative, management, technical and security positions.
Climate ActionThe project saves approximately 22,220 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)TechnologySolar energyRegionBambous, MauritiusEstimated annual emission reductions22,220 t CO2Validated byCarbon Check (Pty) Ltd.Verified byApplus+ LGAI Technological Center, S.A