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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Workshop to develop Solar Water Heating endorsement initiative in Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles – On April 6th, the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) with the support of the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project (RE Project) will be hosting a workshop to set up the standards and schemes for the Solar Water Heating (SWH) endorsement initiative.

The Seychelles Water Heating Endorsement Initiative (SWHEI) is a performance and quality assurance scheme for the Solar Water Heating (SWH) products and services in Seychelles. The initiative provides the rules, compliance framework and information to policy makers, industry (products), market actors (suppliers and installers) and end-consumers.

The SWHEI promotes adoption of standard level and high-quality SWH products and services, without neglecting the fact that the Solar Water Heating (SWH) market in Seychelles is supplied with products from a diversity of countries – where specific performance and quality assurance standards apply. This means that there is a recognition and acceptance of several performance and quality standards used worldwide.

The implementation of this endorsement scheme is of the responsibility of Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) but it presupposes that there is a commitment with other public or private entities to provide their assistance and contribution for the achievement of the outcomes of the initiative.

The workshop will be attended by various regulatory bodies, including Fair Trading Commission, Seychelles Bureau of Standards, Customs and educational institutions, such Seychelles Institute of Technology.

All existing and upcoming businesses supplying PV locally are invited to attend the workshop. The workshop will be held at the Care House Conference Room, from 9 am to 12 pm.

Workshop Agenda:

08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome and Opening Remark by Cynthia Alexander (SEC)

09:15 Presentation of SWHEI standards and schemes by Tiago Santos (RE Technical Advisor)

10:15 BREAK

10:30 Plenary Discussion

11:30 Closing remarks by Tony Imaduwa, CEO of SEC

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About the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project

Seychelles is highly dependent on imported oil to meet its energy needs: 90% of the primary energy supply comes from imported fuel, with imports of fuel for electricity generation alone accounting for 12% of the total Government budget. This heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels places a heavy pressure on the country's foreign exchange reserves, exacerbates state budget deficits, and poses major energy security concerns, both in terms of access to supplies and pricing. A market for energy-efficient appliances is just beginning to develop in the Seychelles, based in large part on the rapidly rising cost of electricity for most consumers. However, this market is constrained in many ways, including: a lack of consumer awareness about EE appliances; extremely limited purchase options for EE appliances (apart from energy saving lights); the inability of consumers to get bank loans or store financing for the purchase of high-value EE appliances (such as air conditioning units, refrigerators/freezers, and washing machines); and the absence of any standards or labelling schemes or requirements for EE appliances in the country

Project Outcomes: The GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project (RE Project) aims to increase market penetration of energy-efficient technologies, products and services in Seychelles. It aims to achieve this through four main components:

• Legislative, institutional and fiscal frameworks improvement;

• Awareness raising and educational campaigns for selected target audiences;

• Schemes to develop the skills and certify the qualifications of selected and new professional categories;

• Facilities to manage the residues of obsolete electric and electronic equipment and to finance the acquisition of new and resource efficient technologies.

About the Seychelles Energy Commission

The Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) was set up in 2009 and falls under the under the purview of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. The object of the Commission is to regulate electricity related activities for adequate, reliable, cost effective and affordable electricity while protecting and conserving the environment. The Commission regulates the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity. In addition, the Commission promotes the use of energy efficient technologies and renewable resources.

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