Seychelles seeks proposals for large-scale floating solar energy system, a first for Africa

Seychelles has launched a call for proposals for the installation of the first large-scale floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system, said an official from the Energy Committee.

The call was launched last week to eight bidders selected during the first phase of the project.

Proposals will be evaluated against a set of technical and financial criteria and the highest evaluated bidder will be selected to fund, design, build, own and operate the floating PV plant connected to the grid.

Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, announced plans to install a floating photovoltaic (PV) system on an industrial scale in April. The system will be located in the lagoon of Le Rocher, in the central district of Les Mamelles, on the main island of Mahe.

The CEO of the Seychelles Energy Commission, Tony Imaduwa, said that "the final bidder should be selected in November and once that is done, construction should begin and end with here 2020 ".

Once commissioned, electricity generated by the facility will be sold to the Public Utility Corporation (PUC) at a fixed rate under a 25 - year power purchase agreement .

At the launch of the project last year, Imaduwa told SNA that the project would inject clean, green energy into the Seychelles electricity system.

"It is expected to contribute about 5.8 GWh per year. This new initiative will also help reduce imports of fossil fuels, which will translate into foreign exchange savings for the country, "Imaduwa said.

Energy from the new project is expected to represent 1.6% of the Seychelles energy target set for 2030.

The project is being implemented by the Seychelles Energy Commission with the support of the African Legal Support Facility and the Clinton Foundation, with Trinity International LLP and Multiconsult Norge AS as transaction and procurement advisers.

Imaduwa said that if this project worked well, the possibilities of replicating it were immense, leaving a lot that could be used to install solar panels for other purposes.

Source: Seychelles News Agency