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Terminal Evaluation – Removal of Barriers to Solar PV Power Generation
Commissioning Unit: Mauritius
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 08/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Mauritius
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1:  It is recommended that the few remaining project activities be completed as soon as possible, including the booklet for awareness campaign, SSDG and PV market review by Deloitte, early implementation of the Smart Grid Roadmap, and the operationalization of the solar mapping system.  For the latter, it is recommended to complete the installations of the pyranometers in Mauritius first, latest by the second quarter of 2017, then test and fine-tune the system if need be.  This will help reduce any technical or operational problems that could arise for the pyranometers in Rodrigues and Agalega.   

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

In general, we agree with this recommendation. Work is under way to comply

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Completion of Smart Grid Road Map
[Added: 2017/11/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/06]
CEB 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
The SSDG and PV market review to be completed by the consultants. UNDP have already provided comments on the draft deliverables
[Added: 2017/11/30] [Last Updated: 2018/07/06]
Deloitte, CEB 2018/12 Overdue-Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: There should be increased quality control on PV panels at the point of import.   CEB/MEPU to request Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Protection (MTCCP) to declare importation of PV panels as controlled product and to establish acceptable certification standards.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23] [Last Updated: 2017/11/30]

Management agrees with the recommendation and same will be communicated to the CEB/MEPU. In addition, with the balance of cost sharing funds, the possibility of a small assignment on this issue can be considered.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inform the CEB of the recommendation.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Satyajeet Ramchurn 2017/11 Completed The CEB has been informed by email of the recommendation, as well as by circulation of the Terminal Evaluation report
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Grid absorption capacity presently has limitations to meet the increased solar energy to be produced by future PV installations. CEB should fast-track the upgrading of its grid absorption capacity in order not to block the huge momentum in the PV market created under the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

Management agrees with the recommendation which is being implemented under the GCF project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Launch tenders for Battery Energy Storage system
[Added: 2017/11/30]
CEB 2017/10 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4:  During the TE Workshop with project stakeholders, the need for norms and standards for solar PV installation works, including mechanical mounting and electrical wiring, was strongly voiced.  While the electrical specifications are prescribed in the grid codes, the mechanical and electrical works and installations should be regulated and monitored, for quality controls, safety and ensuring that the installations can withstand cyclonic exposures. It is therefore recommended that MTCCP consider introducing a system of licensing of trained and certified PV installers, and their performance be tracked;  this necessarily requires putting in place a system of performance feedback from  end-users on PV installers contracted.  The performance record should be taken into consideration at the time of their license renewals. It may be envisaged to register independent PV Inspectors much in the way of the Machinery and Boiler Inspectors scheme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

Management agrees with the recommendation. To be taken up under Recommendation 2 above.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation:

Recommendation 5:  To maintain the uptake momentum of solar PV installations, it is recommended that all present fiscal incentives be maintained at least for the next 8 years to 2025, including but not limited to zero customs duty (including on partial shipments) and VAT on all solar PV components including their spare parts, and green energy investment tax relief. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

Management agrees with the recommendation and will communicate same to the Government of Mauritius.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inform the CEB of the recommendation
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Satyajeet Ramchurn 2017/11 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Recommendation 6:  MITD offers courses on solar PV installation and students benefit from on-site demonstration and hands-on practice.  It is recommendation that a 5 kW PV system be installed in Rodrigues for training and demonstration purposes so that students can have actual hands-on, practical experience in installing solar PV panels. 

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

This recommendation has been implemented at MITD Le Choux in Rodrigues.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
A PV system has been installed at MITD Le Choux in Rodrigues
[Added: 2017/11/30]
CEB 2017/08 Completed
7. Recommendation:

Recommendation 7:  Presently, local insurers are sharing and re-insuring their risks with international insurers at high premium rates.   It is recommended that CEB/MEPU, MTCCP and the Association of Commercial Banks in Mauritius negotiate for a group insurance policy for all the solar PV owners - and even for all renewable energy installations – in order to benefit from economies of scale.    

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

This recommendation will be transmitted to the parties concerned. However, it is difficult to implement owing to the varying interests of the stakeholders concerned.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inform the CEB of the recommendation
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Satyajeet Ramchurn 2017/11 Completed
8. Recommendation:

Recommendation 8:  The performance data from solar PV installations and the grid would be of great value for analyzing and planning future market development.  It is recommended that data on actual PV generation and electricity use be cross-validated with the solar maps to be generated, to guide plans for future solar PV programmes.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

Management agrees with this recommendation. The exercise is ongoing at corporate level by the CEB since the solar map is now operational. - solarmap.uom.ac.mu

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inform the CEB of the recommendation.
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Satyajeet Ramchurn 2017/11 Completed
9. Recommendation:

Recommendation 9:  PV generation remains more expensive than conventional electricity generation, even with the drop in price of PV installations, at about 15% worldwide over the past years.  With the added removal of the 15% VAT by the government of Mauritius in 2016, in the Mauritian context, this comes to about 30% overall cost reduction for PV investors.  While the price differential between conventional generation and RE is decreasing, the price gap needs to be tracked. Tracking the differential will help determine the future of PV sector in Mauritius and to plan the extent of future funding necessary to close the gap between conventional generation and solar PV and other renewable energy technologies.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/10/23]

Management takes note of the recommendation which can be passed on to the relevant stakeholders namely the CEB and the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency which has the mandate for the tracking of RE prices and promoting implementation thereof.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Inform the CEB and the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency of the recommendation
[Added: 2017/11/30]
Satyajeet Ramchurn 2017/11 Completed

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