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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Workshop on technical standards for solar PV in Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles – The Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) and the GOS-UNDP-GEF Grid-Connected Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems Project (PV Project) will be holding a workshop to present the proposed technical standards and specifications for solar Photovoltaic systems in Seychelles to the local PV suppliers.

The establishment of these technical standards and specifications is an activity under the GOS-UNDP-GEF PV project, which is a US $1.2 million project aimed at increasing the use of rooftop grid-connected solar PV systems in Seychelles. The aim of putting in place technical standards and specifications is to assure the quality of PV system as well as its correct functioning. Additionally, it is important the system as a whole (including components) meet certain requirements to guarantee costumer's satisfaction.

All existing and upcoming businesses supplying PV locally are invited to attend the workshop. It will alsThe workshop will be held at the Care House Conference Room, from 8.30 am to 12 pm.

Workshop Agenda:

08:30 Registration

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

09:15 Presentation of PV technical standards by Ralph Vel (SEC)

09:45 Discussion of PV technical standards &procedures facilitated by Ralph Vel 10:30TEA BREAK

10:45 Introduction of register for PV suppliers/installers by Elke Talma

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

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About the GOS-UNDP-GEF Grid-Connected Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems Project

Background

Seychelles is more than 90% reliant on imported oil for its energy needs, which is of significant economic and budgetary cost, and the single largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the country. Fuel demand continues to increase as a result of continued expansion of the electricity distributing system, the rising standard of living and increased foreign investment projects. Seychelles has great potential for replacing some of the current oil-generated electricity with solar energy systems.

Expected Outcomes

The project aim is to increase the use of grid-connected rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems as a sustainable means of generating electricity, with the following three main components:

• Policy strategies and legal framework

• Strengthening of technology support

• Strengthening of the delivery system, including PV demonstration projects.

The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC). The project is expected to create a market for PV systems in the country.

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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