The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Mauritius Closes Expanded Feed-in Tariff Program after Reaching Target

While Palo Alto, Calif. bumbles badly with a poorly designed feed-in tariff, the Indian ocean archipelago of Mauritius 900 km (550 miles) east of Madagascar has closed its recently expanded program because of its success at attracting domestic investors.

Mauritius' modest program was expanded from 2 MW late last year with an additional one megawatt, which was quickly subscribed earlier this year.

Palo Alto, on the other hand, offered a feed-in tariff for solar only that was "too cheap to meter" and no one bothered to sign up.

The island nation of 1.3 million inhabitants was formerly a French then, subsequently, a British colony. Since independence the country has been consistently ranked as having one of the best managed and most transparent governments on-or near in this case — the African continent.

In contrast to many so-called developed countries where data on energy is guarded as if a state secret, data on Mauritius renewable energy program and energy consumption in general is easily accessible and can be downloaded in spreadsheet format.

The Mauritian government launched a policy in 2010 to reduce its energy imports by developing the country's renewable resources. While further expansion of the nation's hydro resources are limited, the country has abundant solar and wind resources.

Mauritius generates nearly one-fifth of its electricity from biomass, specifically bagasse, from sugar cane.

Total generating capacity on the island is 367 MW of which 59 MW is from large hydro. Total electricity consumption was 2.7 TWh in 2011.

Imported oil and coal account for 80% of electricity generation. The price of coal to the island has more than doubled since 2002. The economic hemorrhage resulting from fossil fuel imports led the government to act in late 2010.

The initial program was timid even by U.S. standards and limited to 2 MW total. Individual projects were limited to microgenerators of 50 kW or less.

Nevertheless, the success of the initial program led quickly to a 50% expansion for a total of 3 MW, still a mere 1% of installed generating capacity.

This program was also oversubscribed by January 2012 and has since been closed.

Unlike successful feed-in tariff programs elsewhere, the tariffs in Mauritius are paid only on surplus generation fed to the grid. Thus, the program is limited to existing accounts and does not permit "green field" projects as in Germany, Ontario, or other locales.

If "exports" to the grid exceed three times consumption, the tariffs are reduced 15% from the posted prices.

There is no information on whether the program will be expanded further.

Development of Feed-in Tariffs for Small Scale Distributed Generators in Mauritius

Mauritius: Feed-in tariffs

Untitled Document

RELATED ARTICLES

Sunrise in Pakistan as the Country Delves into Solar PV

Robert Harker Pakistan has joined the list of countries that are exploring solar power as a means to bridge critical energy generat...

Global Renewable Energy Roundup: China, Kenya, Turkey, India Seeking More Renewables

Bloomberg News Editors China is being encouraged by three industry groups to double the nation’s solar-power goal for 2020 to make up for sh...

Why Smarter Grids Demand Smarter Communications Networks

Mark Madden

Historically, utility networks and communications networks have had little in common.

The Importance of “Switching Costs” to the US Residential Solar Industry

Paula Mints The DoE and numerous organizations and governments globally are focused on driving down the cost of solar convinced t...

PRESS RELEASES

Appalachian's Energy Center assists counties with landfill gas to energy projects

The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University recently completed a proj...

Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ v3 Continues to (R)evolutionize at SPI

Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) prepares to showcase its recently launched tracking syst...

Redesigned HydroWorld.com Video Gallery

Hydropower news and information, and interesting promotional announcements are now avai...

30 days to GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced that it is only 30 days to go to t...

FEATURED BLOGS

Appalachian's Energy Center assists counties with landfill gas to energy projects

Activity supported with Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation funding BOONE—The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachia...

Discounted Room Rates for Geothermal Event end Friday

Discounted room rates for GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo end Friday Room rates for this prestigi...

3 Reasons To Follow-Up

It’s very important to begin nurturing your relationship with a customer immediately after the project you sold...

Who are the Solar Early Adopters? - the “Tipping Point” is Looming

We all know why people go solar: investment purposes, immediate savings, environmental concerns, and grid independenc...

FINANCIAL NEWS

Paul Gipe has written extensively about renewable energy for both the popular and trade press. He has also lectured widely on wind energy and how to minimize its impact on the environment and the communities of which it is a part. For his efforts,...

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

Volume 18, Issue 4
1507REW_C11

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Intersolar North America 2016

Exhibition: July 12 - 14, 2016; Conference: July 11 - 13, 2016 Intersola...

Intersolar South America 2015

Exhibition and Conference: September 1-3, 2015 Intersolar South America ...

Intersolar Europe 2016

Exhibition: June 22-24, 2016; Conference: June 21-22, 2016 Intersolar Eu...

COMPANY BLOGS

Less Is More

When you’re giving a presentation, one of the easiest things to do...

Captivology

One of the biggest challenges we face as efficiency sales professionals ...

How To Optimize Your Meeting Schedule

Do you spend more time in meetings than you do actually working? While m...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS