Inauguration of Rooftop Solar Panels at 42 Social Housing Units in Barbarons, Mahe, Seychelles. Press Releases

Inauguration of Rooftop Solar Panels at 42 Social Housing Units in Barbarons, Mahe, Seychelles.

PRESS RELEASE

The Indian High Commissioner, H.E. General Dalbir Singh Suhag and the Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change - Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wallace Cosgrow jointly inaugurated the roof top solar panels in the 42 Barbarons social housing units. This project falls under the Indian government’s grant assistance of USD 3.44 million for solar project in Seychelles.

The event was also coinciding with the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Seychelles. Speaking at the event, High Commissioner stated, ''I am particularly honoured to take this opportunity to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of Indian Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who was a pioneer of Environment friendly living and global sustainability. The principles that he practiced and propagated through his life are worthwhile to standby even to this date''. And added ''Government of India, taking the footsteps of the Mahatma, has pioneered many initiatives for fighting against climate change and sustainability including the International Solar Alliance(ISA), wherein more than 100 countries have already ratified their cooperation and it is happy to note that Seychelles is one of the founding members of the ISA''.

Seychelles will be availing Concessional Line of Credit from EXIM Bank of India to the extent of USD 8.7 Million under this development partnership arrangement. This would cover rooftop solar installations in various government building, housing units and even solar street lighting in various locations in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. The Government of India has committed more than USD 1 Billion Concessional Credit Lines for the Solar Projects under ISA in the African countries alone.

Many of the components under the current USD 3.44 Million Solar PV Democratisation project has already started touching the lives of Seselwa across strata and these panels in the 42 Housing Units once fully commissioned by PUC, would jointly produce 90 MW over a period of one year, thereby providing an annual saving of SCR 135,000 apart from the positive effects of pollution-free power generation.

This apart, India is assisting Seychelles in constructing the Government House Secretariat Building, new Police Headquarters with forensic laboratory, new Attorney General's Office and a state-of-the-art Convention Centre, besides the Magistrate’s Courthouse building which is already under construction, all on a grant basis. The Magistrates’ Court project would be completed by the January 2020 and handed over to the people of Seychelles.

In addition, India is also funding several High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) in Seychelles in different sectors which will have a direct impact on the lives of the common people and give a boost to local contractors and generate employment.

On his part, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Minister Wallace Cosgrow said “we thank the Indian government for this fully funded project, and we are pleased that so many families will benefit from the reduced cost of electricity with the use of these panels in their housing units.”
Also present at this event were Minister for Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mrs. Pamela Charlette and other high ranking government officials.

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