Bambous is the first ever solar PV project in Mauritius, operating since 2014 and supplying more than 20,000 households with green electricity. The project allows the country to reduce coal and oil’s imports, and help Mauritius to achieve its « sustainable island » plan.
Today, electricity in Mauritius is mainly generated from imported heavy fuel and coal. Energy accounts for around 20% of the country’s total importation. This situation is becoming less and less economically and environmentally viable. Mauritius is classified as a Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The project paves the way in improving Mauritius energy self-sufficiency in line with their «Maurice Ile Durable» (aiming to achieve 35% of renewable energy in their mix). To date, 26% of their mix is composed of renewable energy.
Sarako is a local independent power producer, founded in 2013. It’s the first company to build, and operate a sizable solar PV plant in the Indian ocean. Their mission is to develop the use of solar energy in Mauritius and Southern Africa. From the very beginning, Sarako decided to erect the site on a marginal land that can’t be used for agriculture and residential purposes, they valorise the land and pay a lease to the state, contributing to reinforce the country’s incomes.