The inauguration ceremony of the solar panel system on the rooftop of the National Assembly building took place this afternoon soon after the newly accredited High Commisioner of India, H.E. General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Ret’d) paid a courtesy on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Nicholas Prea.
Both dignitaries led the ceremony by unveiling the plaque in the presence of the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Charles de Commarmond, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Afif, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr. Wallace Cosgrowe, Members of the National Assembly, other Government officials, Management staff of the Secretariat and staff of the Indian High Commission.
Made possible through a grant from the Indian Government in collaboration with PUC, the 90kWp solar Photovoltaic system will produce about 126,000 kWh per year, which translates into annual savings of SR 616,169 on the National Assembly’s electricity bill at present tariffs.
The National Assembly of Seychelles spends a significant proportion of its annual budget on generating electricity from diesel engines and since this system is connected to the grid, it is expected that there will be a large reduction in diesel consumption.
This project is in line with the Institutions strategic priority of taking the lead in environmental sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint. So far the National Assembly has undertaken a successful sustainability assessment with the Sustainability for Seychelles-NGO, set up the rainwater harvesting system, banned the use of plastic bottles, reduced the use of paper and also started composting.