Mauritius installs the first wave of 10,000 solar rooftops

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The government of Mauritius is installing 1,000 PV rooftops in a pilot program to escalate deployment of an eventual 10,000 systems in the Indian Ocean state.

With the government of the island nation aiming to generate 35% of its energy from renewables by 2025, the solar rooftop program will help alleviate poverty by bringing an estimated $8.3 million of electricity bill savings to around 30,000 people, according to a statement on the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) website.

IRENA is administering and co-financing a Project Facility to drive renewable energy adoption, along with the United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). Applications for the seventh cycle of the program, which has backed 21 projects in 20 nations since 2014 with concessional loans, can be accepted from mid November onwards.

The ADFD supplied $10m of loans on advantageous terms to fund the solar kits scheme in Mauritius, which it is estimated will add 10 GW of installed solar capacity in the nation.