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The Mauritius Central Electricity Board (CEB) has announced the launch of phase two of its small scale distributed generation net metering scheme. According to PV Magazine, under the second phase of the programme, up to 2 MW of PV systems will be installed.

The Mauritius Central Electricity Board (CEB) confirmed that the investment for procuring and installing a PV power generator under the scheme "can be entirely deducted from the income tax return, as in the first phase of the programme."

Moreover, CEB customers that are interested in installing a PV system, may be entitled to secure low-interest loans with local banks.

Net metering

Writing for PV Magazine, Emiliano Bellini, explains: "Under the scheme, customers generating electricity will export any excess energy in the grid, in the form of kWh credits. The credits will be used when the customer’s system is not producing enough power to meet demand."

He adds that the scheme will be open to those customers included in the categories “Integrated Resort Scheme” and “Real Estate Scheme”. Applications can already be filed.

Under the first phase of the programme, around 5.2 MW of PV systems under net metering was installed in the archipelago. The first phase of the programme launched in 2015 and closed in December of last year,

The Mauritian grid is now hosting 5 MW, while another 200 kW was installed in Rodrigues. Rodrigues is a 108 km2, 42 square miles (mi²) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 miles) east of Mauritius.

The 5 MW in Mauritius is split and allocated to customers of the Domestic Customer Category (4 MW) and to IRS, RES and three-phase Domestic Customers (1 MW) and and others having declared load below 20 kVA.

Bellini notes that Mauritius has a good solar potential thanks to an average annual solar radiation value of some 6 kWh/m2/day.

According to official statistics released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), at the end of 2015, the country had an installed PV capacity of approximately 15 MW. [CPUC defends solar net metering policy in 3-2 vote]