Seychelles Evaluates Government Buildings for Photovoltaic Panel Installation

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In its pursuit of a 15 percent renewable energy penetration by 2030 and a net-zero emissions target by 2050, the Seychelles’ Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and the Department of Energy are currently assessing various government buildings for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels. This initiative aims to leverage sustainable energy sources and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.


Principal Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Tony Imaduwa, stated that the evaluation process involves determining the structural suitability of the buildings’ roofs to support PV systems. Buildings under consideration include health centers, police stations, and other government offices. Factors such as energy consumption, grid integration feasibility, and ongoing renovation plans for the buildings are also being assessed.

Imaduwa highlighted the importance of avoiding installations on buildings slated for imminent renovations, as it would be impractical to install PV panels on structures that will undergo substantial changes in the near future.


To fund the PV system installation on government buildings, Seychelles has secured financial support from an Indian government grant. Furthermore, additional funding has been allocated in next year’s budget to ensure the successful completion of the second phase of the project.

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The first phase has already been accomplished, with PV panels installed on selected buildings, including the Barbarbarons emergency housing estate and the National Assembly building at Ile du Port. The Department of Energy has now commenced work on the second phase, further advancing Seychelles’ commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly energy solutions.

This initiative marks a significant step forward in Seychelles’ renewable energy journey, contributing to its broader vision of a greener and more sustainable future.

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