SEYCHELLES – China is boosting the production of renewable energy in the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles with a package of US$11 million, a support which is important in the island country which is banking on solar off-grid to supply electricity to its 115 islands.

In the financing, US$4.6 million will go towards the construction of small off-grid solar power stations.

These off-grids should enable several islands of the archipelago to become autonomous in terms of electricity as is the case of Curieuse Island located one kilometre north of the large island of Praslin.

According to Flavien Joubert, the Seychelles Minister of Agriculture, Climate Change and the Environment, the other part of the Chinese funding will enable the installation of solar panels on the roofs of public buildings, particularly schools.

“Seychelles is now focusing on greener and more sustainable development because we cannot opt for rapid development as it would lead to destruction of the environment

Both countries are working on the same issues such as climate change and the environment. China is now focusing on greener and more sustainable development. It’s the same for the Seychelles, because we cannot opt for rapid development because it would lead to the destruction of the environment,” says Minister Flavien Joubert.

Less active in renewable energy projects a few years ago, China intends to catch up by increasing investment in this very dynamic sector in Africa.

China is being solicited by some African countries like Angola, which has just officially launched an appeal to Chinese investors for clean energy projects in the Central African country.

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