In 2010, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, opened up the access to the national electricity grid through the launching of the Small Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG) project.

The SSDG project, however, only caters for low voltage connected renewable energy systems, with capacities of less than 50 kW. This 50 kW technical limit was set following a consultancy exercise funded by the UNDP. For renewable energy projects with capacities of greater than 50 kW, they have to be connected to the medium voltage network (22kV) and, accordingly, they do not fall within the ambit of the SSDG Grid Code.

The maximum permissible installed capacity per customer for MSDG projects has been set to 2 MW. As for the total capacity of MSDGs that can be installed on a given 22 kV distribution feeder, they are detailed in the respective Grid Codes.

Important release

The CEB will no longer accept any new application under the MSDG scheme pending the submission of the final report of the consultant working on the Grid Absorption Capacity of Mauritius.

It is brought to the attention of subscribers and the general public that it is strictly forbidden to connect electricity generators, using hydroelectric, photovoltaic, wind, or other technologies to the electricity network of the CEB without prior authorization.