State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a turnkey contract for a grid-connected 8 MWac solar power plant in Mauritius. The solar farm will be set up by BHEL at Tamarind Falls, Henrietta (Phase II), on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.
The contract for the project has been awarded to BHEL by CEB (Green Energy) Co. Ltd, Mauritius, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Central Electricity Board (CEB), Mauritius government.
The project is funded under the Indian government’s Line of Credit (LOC) through Export Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and has been secured by BHEL through a competitive bidding process. It will be executed by BHEL’s Solar Business Division, Bengaluru, and International Operations Division, New Delhi.
The government of Mauritius is planning to increase the use of renewable sources of energy from the current level of around 22% to 35% by 2025.
The Indian Ocean island state has also been supporting distributed solar through net metering and rebates.
The solar project in Mauritius marks the consolidation of BHEL’s presence in Africa, where it has been active for more than four decades with electricity generation projects (aggregating to around 2,100 MW) and equipment supplies in 23 African countries.
Apart from conventional power plants (thermal, hydro and gas), BHEL has been contributing significantly to the development and promotion of solar energy over the past three decades. It offers EPC solutions for both grid-interactive and off-grid, ground-mounted, rooftop, floating, and canal top solar plants, with a current solar portfolio of more than 1 GW. Besides, BHEL is manufacturing space-grade solar panels and batteries for space applications.
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