On the 27th of October the Director of New Energy Department, Ms ZHANG Jiali, of the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute and Mr Wills Agricole, Principal Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change signed a technical agreement for the implementation of the Low Carbon Pilot project to be implemented in Seychelles. The signing ceremony was done at the Office of the Minister for of Environment, Energy and Climate Change at Le Chantier Mall. Present at the signing ceremony was the Chinese ambassador to Seychelles, Ambassador Yu Jinsong and Minister Didier Dogley.
The Signing of the technical agreement was in accordance with the MOU on the Low Carbon Pilot for Addressing Climate Change signed between the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China and the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Departments of the Republic of Seychelles on May 23, 2017, the NDRC agreed on the construction of a low-carbon pilot in the Republic of Seychelles and to help improve the country's abilities of coping with effects of climate change by the means of the development of a low-carbon pilot scheme, provision of relevant materials and also organize training. The project involves the installation of 15 Seychelles public schools with PV power generation and solar energy storage system, the construction of three Solar Education & Science Popularization PV Power Plants in Carports Form whereby each PV shed has the capacity of 5kW and the construction and installation of 810 LED solar street lights. For Curieuse Island, a 25kW/123kWh off-grid photovoltaic energy storage system would be provided to the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) which spends more than 30,000 rupees a month on fossil fuel.
The aim of the Low-Carbon Pilot Project is for the development and utilization of clean energy to students and social residents, promote low-carbon energy Application, explore the potential of Seychelles to use renewable energy, and provide technical and empirical support for future optimization of the Seychelles energy supply structure.
Entrusted by the NDRC, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) dispatched an expert working group to visit the sites in Seychelles to examine the present conditions and status of buildings and infrastructures related to the project. The working group and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Seychelles (MEECC) also had several consultations with relevant government agencies in Seychelles on project execution and technical schemes such as the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC), Seychelles Land Transportation Agency (SLTA) , Ministry of Education, Seychelles Planning Authority, Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) and Seychelles Public Utilities Corporation(PUC), Ministry of land use and habitat (MLUH). The project implementation will start in the first quarter of 2018 after the equipment has been shipped to Seychelles.