Africa’s first utility-scale floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) project in the offing

The project being implemented by the Government of Seychelles will be located in Providence lagoon on Mahé Island and will have an estimated capacity between 3.5 – 4 MWAC.

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Africa is on track to get its first ever utility-scale floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) project courtesy of Seychelles plan.

Seychelles announced its plans to set up Africa’s first utility-scale independent power producer floating solar photovoltaic (FPV) project to support the country’s transition to renewable energy.

The project being implemented by the Government of Seychelles and the Public Utilities Corporation with the support of the African Legal Support Facility and the Clinton Foundation, will be located in Providence lagoon on Mahé Island and will have an estimated capacity between 3.5 – 4 MWAC.

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“We at the Clinton Climate Initiative are thrilled to support this innovative project, which represents a groundbreaking step forward for island nations and other regions with limited land available for solar development. Floating solar photovoltaic energy holds immense potential for islands, and our partners in Seychelles are demonstrating true leadership in addressing the global climate and energy crisis,” Fiona Wilson, Senior Regional Manager, Clinton Climate Initiative.

Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS is serving as the transaction and tender advisers.

The Construction of the energy project which was launched by the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and the Seychelles Energy Commission, is expected to start soon thereafter, with the project becoming operational in 2020.

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Tony Imaduwa, CEO of Seychelles Energy Commission said the projects will be a landmark for Seychelles and not only will it inject green energy into the grid, but also, it will exemplify the country’s commitment and will in transforming its energy sector to a low-carbon one.

Seychelles Government has since hosted a pre-bid meeting and site visit for pre-qualified bidders to brief them on the tender process, site and build area. The pre-qualified bidders were able to view the lagoon and related sites, network with local contractors, and seek clarifications from the project team.