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Seychelles makes ‘green’ push for energy independence

AFP, VICTORIA

“We have just started a pilot project with a South Korean company, KC Cottrell, so that the island is completely self-reliant for power by 2020,” Agricole said. “This project will see a photovoltaic system on almost every house ... and gasoline vehicles will even be replaced by electric cars.”

By September, La Digue — currently supplied with electricity from a generator located on the neighboring island of Praslin — should be equipped with solar powered streetlights, added Nicolas Hoareau, head of projects at the Seychellois Land Transport Agency.

“A Chinese company, ZET Corporation (中興), has made a donation of 200 street lights,” he said.

For Andrew Grieser Johns, program coordinator at the UN Development Programme, the Seychelles’ target of having 15 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2030 “is quite possible to achieve.”

The Seychelles hopes it can even exceed that with foreign investment.

“The figure will certainly be revised upwards — even doubled — because many foreign companies are investing in this area,” Agricole said.

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