As part of a pilot project, the CEB plans to integrate a total of 5 MW of new Small-Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG) using renewable energy (RE) technologies in the Mauritian grid and 200 kW in Rodrigues. In this regard, a new SSDG Scheme, designed under the principle of net-metering, has been officially launched on 24 August 2015. The main aim of the new SSDG Scheme is to offer the opportunity to small power producers to produce electricity using photovoltaic and wind technologies. In a spirit of democratising the grid access, to the extent it is economically feasible, this carefully designed initiative shall enable around 2000 small customers, especially households, to interconnect their RE installations into the grid at zero cost for backup service and energy storage.
The 5 MW in Mauritius is allocated to two customer categories as follows:
- 4 MW is reserved for Domestic Customer Category (excluding IRS, RES and Three-phase Domestic Customers)
- 1 MW for IRS, RES and Three-phase Domestic Customers and others having declared load below 20 kVA
Likewise, the 200 kW in Rodrigues is allocated to two customer categories as follows:
- 150 kW is reserved for Domestic Customer Category (excluding Three-phase Domestic Customers)
- 50 kW for Three-phase Domestic and others having declared load below 20 kVA
This new Scheme enables qualifying customers to offset the quantity of energy (kWh) produced and exported to the grid by their RE SSDG Systems with their imported energy from the grid.
Note: Application into the scheme closed in 2016.