The government of Seychelles has inaugurated a five-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant funded by the United Arab Emirates which has a battery storage, and stands as the second clean-energy project in the African island country.

The lle de Romainville Solar Park was developed by Masdar, a clean energy company in Abu Dhabi and the Public Utilities Corporation in Seychelles and financed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, a development-financing institution.

The facilities embedded in the lle de Romainville include the 5MW solar PV plant, a 3.3MWh energy storage system located on Mahe, and a 33KV system which allows for the safe and stable supply of electricity.

As a country which relies heavily on fossil fuels to meet its electricity demand, this new development is estimated to save nearly 2 million litres of fuel annually.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has denoted $350 million in loans to support the achievement of renewable energy projects.

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