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Republic of Seychelles

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Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands situated in the South Western Indian Ocean. Forty-one of the islands are granitic in origin and seventy-four are coral atolls. The total land area is 455 km2. The mainland of Africa is around one thousand kilometers to the west of the Seychelles. The population of Seychelles was estimated at 95,843 in 2017. About 95% of the population lives on the three main islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The capital is Victoria and the official languages are English and French.

The economy of the country is dominated by the service sector, which contributes approximately 70% of the GDP. Due to its high dependence on oil, Seychelles was much affected in 2008 by oil price hikes reaching 147 dollars/barrel. Being more than one thousand kilometers from any neighboring country, and deprived of any indigenous source of fossil fuels, the country depends heavily on the import of refined petroleum to satisfy national needs, as well as the demands for international marine and aviation bunkers.

Seychelles does not have any installed hydropower capacity. The potential for electricity generation from wind energy is present in the islands, with some sites having been identified as having average wind speeds of 6.9-7.5 m/s at 80m suitable for commercial electricity generation.

Given that Seychelles is a tropical country receiving large amounts of sunshine, with an average 6.9 hours of sunshine per day, and an average irradiance of 5.8 kWh/m2/day, there is great potential to replace at least some of the current oil-generated (and polluting) electricity with solar energy systems. One opportunity with high economic, financial and environmental viability is the implementation of rooftop grid-connected PV systems. Solar thermal systems have also been proven viable in the country.

In its National Climate Change Strategy and Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Seychelles pledge to reduce its economy wide absolute GHG emissions by 21.4% in 2025 and 29.0% in 2030 relative to baseline emissions subject to international support. The legislated targets of renewable energy consumption are set at 5% by 2020 and 15% by 2030, as outlined in the 2010 Energy Policy.  Four renewable energy technologies are identified that may be appropriate in the country: solar PV, wind, micro-hydro, and biomass/municipal solid waste.

 

NFP Details: 

Mr. Theodore Marguerite

Principal Policy Analyst for Energy and Climate Change

Department of Energy and Climate Change,

Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change,

P.O. Box 445, Le Chantier Mall, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel: +248 4670568

Mail: tmarguerite@env.gov.sc / theomarguerite@yahoo.co.uk

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Webpage/Web Article

New Solar farm expected to save Seychelles $1 million per year

Article on The Public Utilities Company (PUC) – responsible for the implementation of a five-megawatt solar photovoltaic system that will produce around 7 million kilowatt hours of energy per year

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Seychelles picks finalists for 3.5-4 MW floating project

Article on Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) releasing the full list of firms and consortia picked to compete to finance, design, build, own and operate a 3.5-4MW project at the Providence lagoon, on Mahé Island

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Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC)

The Minister shall in consultation with the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) develop, review and publish the energy policy. The Minister may give directions in writing to SEC on matters of policy and general administration

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Public Utilities Corporation (PUC)

PUC a government-owned organisation, is the national company responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Seychelles. PUC operates two power stations on Mahé, Victoria-B and Victoria-C, and one on Praslin, Baie Sainte Anne Praslin power station.

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Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC)

The establishment of the SEC has been revised in the Energy Act 2012, and some of its functions are(a) to coordinate development and strategy (b) to formulate the national energy plan and implement the national energy policy (c) to promote energy efficiency and conservation and the use of renewable energy (d) to periodically review the electricity tariffs (e) to regulate the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity (f) to ensure the sustainability and viability of electricity related activity (g) to advise and make recommendations to the minister with respect to the promotion of renewable energy

Legal/Regulatory Document

Seychelles Energy Act 2012

Legislation governing the energy sector

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IRENA RE Resource

Data and statistics on renewable energy

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ESI Africa Tenders

Lists tenders across sectors

Report

A 100% Renewable Seychelles

Costs and benefits of changing Seychelles’ power supply to 100% renewables