After solar energy and that produced from bagasse and coal, Mauritius is turning to the wind as part of its national policy to maximize the use of renewable energy resources, said PANA, Wednesday government source .
Discussions are currently underway on this subject between the Central Electricity Board (CEB), the sole electricity supplier on the island, and the Indian company Suzlon Energy Ltd, with the aim of creating a new electricity generation park. from wind farms in Bigara, in the center of the island
According to a government official, this is consistent with the national policy favoring the exploitation of renewable energy sources, given the constant rise in the cost of petroleum products on the world market. It is also consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between Mauritius and India to encourage investment in this area.
"This electricity generation park will include about twenty wind turbines with a production capacity of 25 megawatts. But the electricity produced will depend on the speed of the winds in the region, "he said.
Wind power is not new in Mauritius where a wind turbine had been installed in Grand Bassin, in the south, in 1987, with the help of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) before being abandoned after 17 months of operation due to a spare parts supply problem.
Rodrigues Island, at 350 km northeast and dependent on Mauritius, has a small production unit with three turbines from 2003.
About 56% of the electricity production in the island is provided by heavy oil, 39% by bagasse and coal and 5% by the water that turns the turbines.