COMMISSIONING OF 90 KW ROOF TOP SOLAR PANELS AT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF SEYCHELLES JOINTLY BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO SEYCHELLES, H.E. GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG  (RETD.) AND THE HON’BLE SPEAKER OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, MR. NICHOLAS PREA. Press Releases

COMMISSIONING OF 90 KW ROOF TOP SOLAR PANELS AT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF SEYCHELLES JOINTLY BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO SEYCHELLES, H.E. GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG (RETD.) AND THE HON’BLE SPEAKER OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, MR. NICHOLAS PREA.

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COMMISSIONING OF 90 KW ROOF TOP SOLAR PANELS AT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF SEYCHELLES JOINTLY BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF INDIA TO SEYCHELLES, H.E. GENERAL DALBIR SINGH SUHAG (RETD.) AND THE HON’BLE SPEAKER OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, MR. NICHOLAS PREA.

26 June 2019

National Assembly

Ile du Port, Seychelles

High Commissioner of India to Seychelles, H.E. General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retd.) along with the Speaker of National Assembly of Seychelles jointly commissioned Roof Top Solar Panels (3*30 KW) and integrated the unit with the power grid unit of Seychelles. This is part solar projects implemented in the Republic of Seychelles under India’s Grant Assistance of USD 3.44 Million (SCR 45 Million) for the Solar Photovoltaic Democratisation (Solar PV Democratisation) project in Seychelles. India based company M/s SEFTECH is executing this project in Seychelles and most of the installations are currently in the commissioning phase.

Speaking at the event, High Commissioner expressed his sincere appreciation and delight to address the National Assembly just a day after the presentation of his credentials to the Hon’ble President (25/06/2019) and added, ‘‘This is the level of commitment and importance that the world’s largest democracy shares with its friend, Seychelles, having a flourishing and vibrant democracy.’’ He also thanked all the partners who made this ceremony possible and stated that, ‘’it was another humble contribution from the people of India to one of its best friend and maritime neighbour in achieving its green energy targets and to make a worthy investment for the future generations.’’ Concluding his speech he remarked that, ‘‘India is deeply committed to cooperate with its friendly maritime neighbor, Seychelles, and work untiringly towards capacity building and development and touching the lives of Seselwa across all the districts and making a positive difference through Government of India’s humble and noble initiatives.’’

The 3 * 30 = 90 KW Solar panel system comprising 279 Solar Panels can collectively generate 33650 units of Power over a period of one year, thereby providing an annual saving of SCR 650,000 (INR 32.5 lakhs) apart from the positive effects of pollution-free power generation. On an average, installed capacity would alone save power in National Assembly by more than 50% and with such installations planned in the future across different locations within the National Assembly under this project, Government of India strives to make this infrastructure a completely Green Building wherein all the power requirement is solely generated in-house. With immense solar power potential available in Seychelles, more such public infrastructure would be undergoing the roof top solar installation and commissioning within a short span of time, all under this grant assistance from India.

Solar Photo Voltaic Democratisation project is spread across different segments including:

(i) 1000KW Solar PV Plant (Ground Mounted) at Romain Ville Island;

(ii) 100 Units of Grid- Interactive 3 KW, 18 Units of 2 KW and 8 Units of 1.3 KW systems on selected low Income homes in Seychelles;

(iii) 600 KW of Roof Top Systems are distributed in single or multiple 30 KW Units on various Government Buildings like National Assembly, Hospitals, Victoria Gym etc.

This project has already started touching the lives of Seselwa across strata. In addition, work on three priority solar projects under the International Solar Alliance at an estimated cost of US$ 8.12 million funded by concessional loans from India is also expected to commence this year. All of these are a result of the close and strong cooperation and needs-based developmental assistance that India provides to Seychelles for the benefit of the people of Seychelles.

This apart, India would be 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 end of this year and handed over to the people of Seychelles. Government of 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.

Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Nicholas Prea thanked the High Commissioner and the Government of India for such need-based developmental assistance and stated that and I look forward to work with Government of India more such developmental partnership initiatives in the National Assembly including the Audio-Visual Centre, Dedicated IT Infrastructure and website for the National Assembly and more such parliamentary cooperation between the two democratic nations.

Prior to this ceremony, High Commissioner called on the Hon’ble Speaker at his Chamber and presented him a book on the cultural heritage of India. Photos from the event are appended below:

HC Meeting Speaker at his Chamber

HC presenting a book on India's cultural heritage to the Speaker

Hon'ble Speaker presenting National Assembly memorabilia to HC

High Commissioner delivering his address

Hon'ble Speaker delivering his address

High Commissioner and the Speaker jointly unveiling the plaque

High Commissioner presenting memento to Leader of Government Business, Hon. Charles De Comarmond

Presenting memento to Hon'ble Minister of Environment, Mr. Wallace Cosgrow

Presenting memento to Deputy Speaker Hon. Ahmed Afif