French developer Akuo Energy announced on 5 July that construction had begun at the 17.5MW Henrietta solar plant in Mauritius. The plant has been developed by Akuo through its subsidiary Akuo Energy Mauritius as well as partner Medine Ltd.
Henrietta was awarded following a tender awarded by national utility the Central Electricity Board (CEB) in 2016.
The plant will use 53,700 photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate 27GWh/yr, equivalent to avoiding 21,516 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Debt for the project is being provided by Banque des Mascareignes, a subsidiary of France’s Groupe BPCE.
Mauritius aims to generate 35% of is energy from renewable sources by 2025. According to African Energy Live Data, the country currently has installed capacity of 818MW, of which only around 10-20% is renewable.
Medine is a diversified industrial group that began life as a sugar estate in 1911. The company is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Akuo is a French independent power producer with around 1.1GW capacity operating and more than 2GW under development. The company aims to have a global production capacity of 3.5GW by 2022.
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