Here are three reasons why Mauritius will benefit from following the course of its ambitious energy transition:
1. Clean energy is an engine for job creation and poverty alleviation.
The production, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy equipment – from solar panels to batteries and wind turbines – creates new jobs. In 2018, a record 11 million people worldwide were employed in the renewables sector, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that this number could rise to 42 million jobs globally by 2050.
Boosting investments will help open up new employment opportunities. The Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency and the Utility Regulatory Authority, established with UNDP’s support, will help create an enabling environment for renewable energy investments. Beyond supporting livelihoods, access to clean energy has a wide range of development and climate benefits that will help Mauritius weather the storm during and after COVID-19. It can reinforce local health systems by providing access to energy, which is critical to enable mobile clinics to operate. It makes stay-at-home policies viable for all by powering the devices we need to communicate, access information and continue education or work from home.
To help bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to where it’s needed, the project will help the country deploy an additional 25 MW of solar power, including a mini-power grids in Agalega, one of the outer islands.