Another island of Seychelles switches to solar energy

first_imgSeychelles, a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), has once again demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and green tourism growth.After the Aldabra Atoll and Aride Island, Cousin became the third island of the Seychelles archipelago to switch entirely from diesel generators to solar power. The island which is seen as a sanctuary dedicated to birds, Cousin is managed by the Nature Seychelles, one of the country’s leading conservation NGOs.The Seychelles Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley was at hand to see the commissioning of the solar installation and the decommissioning of the generators. He was shown around the location of the solar panels, batteries and inverter by Nature Seychelles’ CEO Dr Nirmal Shah.The cost of the installation is estimated to be around USD 25,000 and the yearly savings in diesel for the generators would provide added cash to use in conservation programs rather than for buying fuel. Nature Seychelles has eight staffs permanently based in Cousin who are engaged in managing the island, collecting data and carrying out scientific studies. The Seychelles government has been encouraging the use of renewable energy and in his recent address on Independence and National Day President Michel announced a variety of additional measures to promote the use of such energy sources. He began a subsidy scheme for solar panels for homes, including solar water heaters, while duty for electric vehicles will be abolished on July 15, and hybrid vehicles will see their import duty reduced to just five percent. More than half of the archipelago’s land territory has been dedicated to conservation and large tracts of the Indian Ocean under the control of the Seychelles are also intended to be set aside as marine conservation areas.last_img

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