The Seychelles islands get their first wind farm (6MW) to replace dirty diesel generators

Seychelles wind farm
© Masdar

Saving 1.6 million litres of diesel fuel per year

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of the coast of Africa. The archipelago currently relies on expensive and dirty diesel generators to produce most of its electricity, and fuel accounts for about 25% of the country’s total net imports. In short: Renewable energy makes a ton of sense there. That's why it's so cool to see that they just inaugurated their first wind farm.

It's located on Mahé Island, the biggest island of the Seychelles. It has a capacity of 6-megawatt, which should be enough to meet 8% of the island's electricity demand. That's enough to reduce emissions by 5,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually (and also reduce smog-forming emissions) and power more than 2,100 homes, saving 1.6 million litres of diesel fuel per year.

Definitely a good start, though I hope that they will keep expanding their wind power capacity (and maybe add solar PV and solar water heaters too) to eventually meet all of their electricity demand with clean sources.

Seychelles wind farm© Masdar

Island nations should be near ideal places for wind power. You get many of the benefits of offshore wind farms (out at sea, the wind almost always blows) but without the extra costs associated with deep-water construction.

At first, looking at the photos, I thought it was strange that they built the wind farm at the foot of those mountains and not on them, but I'm sure they've modelled the best spot. It could be that those mountains act as a funnel and that the average wind speed is actually faster there than at on the summit...

Seychelles wind farm© Masdar

Interestingly, the wind farm was developed by Masdar, an energy company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi via its Mubadala Development Company, and funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). They're obviously trying to expand their geographical reach, but it's also nice to see them work on smaller scale projects. They've certainly got the resources to make a difference in places where money might be scarce, so that's noble.

Via Masdar

See also: Google buys flying wind-turbine startup Makani Power

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