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Important Communique: 03 Dec 2016 - The CEB wishes to inform the public that the earmarked capacity of 5 MW for the SSDG Net-Metering Scheme 2015 has been attained and, henceforth, the CEB will not be able to accept any more applications. Read the communique for more details.

Given the varying prices of renewable energy systems, the CEB recommends prospective Prosumers to perform a financial assessment of their Project before making a decision.
What is the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme?
As part of a pilot project, the CEB plans to integrate a total of 5 MW of new Small-Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG) using renewable energy (RE) technologies in the Mauritian grid and 200 kW in Rodrigues. In this regard, a new SSDG Scheme, designed under the principle of net-metering, has been officially launched on 24 August 2015. The main aim of the new SSDG Scheme is to offer the opportunity to small power producers to produce electricity using solar photovoltaic and wind technologies. In a spirit of democratising the grid access, to the extent it is economically feasible, this carefully designed initiative shall enable around 2000 small customers, especially households, to interconnect their RE installations into the grid at zero cost for backup service and energy storage.

The 5 MW in Mauritius is allocated to two customer categories as follows:
  • 4 MW is reserved for Domestic Customer Category (excluding IRS, RES and Three-phase Domestic Customers)
  • 1 MW for IRS, RES and Three-phase Domestic Customers and others having declared load below 20 kVA
Likewise, the 200 kW in Rodrigues is allocated to two customer categories as follows:
  • 150 kW is reserved for Domestic Customer Category (excluding Three-phase Domestic Customers)
  • 50 kW for Three-phase Domestic and others having declared load below 20 kVA
In this new SSDG Scheme, entitled "CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme", customers generating electricity using solar or wind energy will offset their monthly energy imported from the grid, if any, with the energy, generated by their RE installations, exported to the grid and bank (store) any excess energy in the grid, in the form of kilowatt-hour (kWh) credits. The credits shall be used when the customerís system is not generating enough electricity to meet her/his demand.

For the purpose of the CEBís SSDG and related Schemes, an electricity consumer having installed a distributed generation system, especially a renewable energy system, to produce partly or fully her/his monthly electricity requirements shall henceforth be referred as a Prosumer .

Note: Application for the Scheme will be processed on the first-come, first-served basis.
How does the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme Work?
This new Scheme enables qualifying customers to offset the quantity of energy (kWh) produced and exported to the grid by their RE SSDG Systems with their imported energy from the grid. The table below gives a simple example of the functioning of the Net-Metering principle under this Scheme.

Month Energy Exported
(kWh)
Energy Imported
(kWh)
Balance (kWh)
Carried Forward
Net Energy (kWh)
for Billing
Jan 100 50 50 0
Feb 100 0 150 0
Mar 50 150

50

0
Apr

20

150

0 80


All Installations will be equipped with one production meter and one import/export meter. Prosumers are advised to verify regularly the meters so as to ensure consistency with statement of accounts.

If a Prosumer take more electricity from the CEB than she/he has sent into the grid, the quantity imported in excess of the quantity exported will first be reduced by any quantity of energy already in balance, if any, before the final energy charge is raised.

For example, as shown in the table above, in April, the excess 130 (150 minus 20 Ė figures in red colour) kWh imported is reduced by the 50 kWh already in balance in March; hence only the remainder 80 (130 minus 50 Ė figures in blue colour) kWh is billed.

If the customer generates more electricity than she/he has consumed, the excess electricity generated is credited to its energy account. The balance carried forward, for example the 150 kWh (orange cell in above table) is used to adjust energy transactions in successive billings.

It is to be noted that a minimum charge amount is payable even if the net energy (kWh) for billing is zero. The minimum charge represents the cost of servicing the Prosumersí accounts. It includes, among others, CEBís costs of operating and maintaining power generation facilities and electric network, administrative costs, customer services costs and a large pool of fixed charges.

Note: The minimum charge is applicable only if the energy charge is lower than the minimum charge itself. Hence, only one charge is applicable at a time, whichever is higher.

Surplus energy, banked into the grid, may be set off against payment only upon closing of the Prosumer account. The compensation for the surplus energy shall be made at the overall marginal cost (MC) of production of conventional electricity generation for each unit traded. The MC shall be the latest estimated MC available at the time of the closing of the Prosumer electricity account. Prosumers are strongly advised to seek information on the payment for excess energy with CEB Customers Services Staff.
What are the benefits of the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme?
Under this Scheme, a Prosumer will have the following benefits:

  • Prospective Prosumers will benefit the energy storage capacity of the grid at no cost; thus they will not have to make investment in costly battery energy storage system. Usually, households consume more electricity during the evening when there is no sunlight. If they are willing to take advantage of solar photovoltaic then they will have to invest in energy storage system, which not only increases substantially the initial investment> cost but equally exposes them to other risks associated with battery energy storage systems. Qualified Prosumers will be able to generate their electricity during the day, especially from the solar PV source, and store it into the grid for use in the evening and night or even for future uses free of charge from the CEB.


  • Part of the initial investment (15%), only for Solar Energy Unit can be recouped through a relief in tax payment. This is effective as from 1st July 2015. For more information, please consult the MRA website


  • By entering into this Scheme, a Prosumer will reduce her/his monthly payment for electricity. The savings on the electricity payments to the CEB can be used to pay for the investment made in the acquisition of the renewable energy system. However, the recovery of the investment made in the renewable energy system can vary drastically. The larger the quantity of electricity saved per month the shorter will be the payback period for the investment. The payback period will be significantly different if a loan is contracted for the investment in the renewable energy installation. The table below gives the recommended typical size of solar PV installation, which will be allowed under the present Scheme, for different consumption level. The same sizes also apply for other type of RE systems.

    Average Monthly
    Consumption (kWh)
    Typical
    Size (kWp)
    of Solar PV Installation
    10003.5
    8003.5
    6003.5
    5003.5
    4503.5
    3002.4
    1501.2
    1101.0


    Figures in this table are purely indicative

     


    Note: The quantity of electricity that a Prosumer can save will depend on the annual quantity of electricity that she/he is buying from the CEB. Therefore, low electricity consuming customers may be better off by continuing buying the subsidized electricity from the CEB. Please seek the advice of a CEB Customer Services Staff or a qualified person in the field prior to enrolling into the Scheme.


  • In addition to monetary gains, this Scheme gives Prosumers, having the investment willingness and ability, an extended opportunity to contribute in the preservation of the environment by reducing the use of fossil fuels and also supporting the sustainable development of the power system by contributing to defer investment in additional power generation capacity. The latter is however dependent on achieving the critical mass in due course.
Conditions of the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme
The conditions of the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme have been defined for the following two categories of Prosumers:
  • Category 1 :Domestic Prosumers excluding IRS, RES and 3-phase Domestic Customers
  • Category 2 : Domestic Prosumers with 3-phase supply including IRS, RES Customers and Other Prosumers having a declared load less than 20 kVA
Conditions Applicable to Category 1 Prosumers (Domestic Prosumers excluding IRS, RES and 3-phase Domestic Customers)
  • After having taken due cognizance of active SSDG Scheme(s) available at the CEB, prospective Prosumers should duly fill and submit the relevant application form . A copy of the application form can also be obtained at CEB Customer Services Desks.
  • Prospective Prosumers must have an active electricity CEB account in their names at the proposed SSDG sites.
  • Prosumers are required to pay the applicable processing fee upon the submission of the duly filled application form. Prosumers are advised to seek the support of a qualified person in the field for filling the application form.
  • The capacity of the RE System to be installed should not exceed 3.5 kWp. RE System above 3.5 kWp will not be accepted. Prospective Prosumers are strongly advised to seek information from CEBís Customer Services Staff prior to engage into the Scheme.
  • Renewable Energy SSDG installations should fully comply with all conditions set out in the applicable SSDG Grid Code and its future amendments
  • Electricity contract account of eligible Prosumers is classified under the appropriate Domestic Prosumer Category upon commissioning of the RE installations.
  • Prospective Prosumers should not have already benefitted grid-access for an SSDG installation under a previous Scheme.
  • Prospective Prosumers do not install more than one SSDG installation on the same premises.
  • Electricity rates are applied on the metered total net energy on a monthly basis. The electricity tariff applicable to Prosumers shall be in accordance with the tariff schedules defined for Prosumers ( see Tariff Schedules )
  • Prosumers to pay either the applicable Minimum Charge or the Energy Charge, whichever is higher, in case there is net energy imported.
  • The Minimum Charge is also payable when the net import/export energy for the month is zero or when there is net export.
  • For administrative, accounting and good practices, the payable minimum charge and other charges (TV license, meter rental and communication fees) will not be set off against energy (kWh) balance.
  • Prosumers to give full and free access to CEB officers to the SSDG installation and meters at all times.
  • Prosumers to satisfy all other billing requirements and pay all relevant charges including the applicable SSDG connection fee.
  • Prosumers should ensure payments of all payable charges are made within given dates to avoid disconnection of the RE system, including the electricity supply to the premises from the grid. Failing to remedy after a period of cure, the Prosumer account will be permanently closed entailing cancellation of the connection agreement. Accordingly, the Prosumer will be removed from the Scheme.
  • The installation of the SSDG system shall be completed within a period not exceeding nine months as from the date of the date of letter of intent.
  • Prospective Prosumers to fill up an implementation schedule (submitted together with the permit) whereby they shall provide a tentative date for the installation to be completed and sign form to specify any approval from relevant owners if needed. ascertain ownership of the site.
  • The prospective Prosumer to submit proof of order placed with supplier/manufacturer three months after being being issued the letter of intent.
  • Prospective Prosumers agree and sign a legally-binding Connection Agreement with the CEB, after submitting the proof of order placed.
  • Prospective Prosumers/Suppliers to submit a duly signed 'Certificate of Installation' and the as-made drawing, following completion of the SSDG installation.

Conditions Applicable to Category 2 Prosumers (Domestic Prosumers with 3-phase supply including IRS, RES Customers and Other Prosumers having a declared load less than 20 kVA)
  • After having taken due cognizance of active SSDG Scheme(s) available at the CEB, prospective Prosumers should duly fill and submit the relevant application form . A copy of the application form can also be obtained at CEB Customer Services Desks.
  • Prospective Prosumers must have an active electricity CEB account in their names at the proposed SSDG sites.
  • Prosumers are required to pay the applicable processing fee upon the submission of the duly filled application form. Prosumers are advised to seek the support of a qualified person in the field for filling the application form.
  • The capacity of the RE System to be installed should not exceed 5 kWp. RE System above 5 kWp will not be accepted. Prospective Prosumers are strongly advised to seek information from CEB Customer Services Staff prior to engage in the Scheme.
  • For Non-domestic Prosumers, a detailed electrical load survey of the Prosumersí premises shall be carried out. Accordingly, the declared loads of the Prosumersí accounts in the CEBís information system will be updated for billing purposes.
  • Renewable Energy SSDG installations should fully comply with all conditions set out in the applicable SSDG Grid Code and its future amendments
  • Electricity contract account of eligible Prosumers is classified under the appropriate Domestic Prosumer Category upon commissioning of the RE installations.
  • Prospective Prosumers should not have already benefitted grid-access for an SSDG installation under a previous Scheme.
  • Prospective Prosumers do not install more than SSDG installationon the same premises.
  • Electricity rates are applied on the metered total net energy on a monthly basis. The electricity tariff applicable to Prosumers shall be in accordance with the tariff schedules defined for Prosumers (see Tariff Schedules ).
  • Prosumers to pay either the applicable Minimum Charge or the Energy Charge, whichever is higher, in case there is net energy imported.
  • The Minimum Charge is also payable when the net import/export energy for the month is zero or when there is net export.
  • For administrative, accounting and good practices, the payable minimum charge and other charges (TV license, meter rental and communication fees) will not be set off against energy (kWh) balance.
  • Prosumers to give full and free access to CEB officers to the SSDG installation and meters at all time.
  • Prosumers to satisfy all other billing requirements and pay all relevant charges including the applicable SSDG connection fee
  • Prosumers should ensure payments of all payable charges are made within given dates to avoid disconnection of the RE system, including the electricity supply to the premises from the grid. Failing to remedy after a period of cure, the Prosumer account will be permanently closed entailing cancellation of the connection agreement. Accordingly, the Prosumer will be removed from the Scheme.
  • The installation of the SSDG system shall be completed within a period not exceeding nine months as from the date of the letter of intent
  • Prospective Prosumers to fill up an implementation schedule (submitted together with the letter of Intent) whereby they shall provide a tentative date for the installation to be completed and ascertain the ownership of the site proposed.
  • The prospective Prosumer to submit proof of order placed with supplier/manufacturer and technical details of the equipment within three months after being granted the issued the letter of intent
  • Prospective Prosumers agree and sign a legally-binding Connection Agreement with the CEB, after submitting the proof of order placed.
  • Prospective Prosumers/Suppliers to submit a duly signed ĎCertificate of Installationí and the as-made drawing, following completion of the SSDG installation
Who is eligible for the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme?
All CEB Domestic Customers and Non-domestic Customers having a declared load with the CEB below 20 kVA can apply for the Scheme. Prosumers who are already registered under an existing CEB SSDG Scheme can apply for the Net-Metering Scheme provided they terminate their existing Connection Agreements with the CEB.

Note: Application from prospective Prosumers who are in litigation with the CEB will not be accepted.
How to apply for the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering Scheme?
Please see details on the application process in the Connection Procedures section.

Note:
  • Given a number of technical issues to be addressed when filling the form, Prosumers should seek the support of a qualified person in the field when filling the form. Insufficient and incorrect information provided in the form may substantially delay the processing or non-consideration for further processing of the application.
  • Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee registration into the Scheme.
Where to get information on the CEB 2015 SSDG Net-Metering
Interested Customers, wishing to benefit the Scheme, can obtain information on the Scheme, as follows:
  • Search extensively this website. This is highly recommended as prospective Prosumers will save valuable time and effort.
  • CEB Customer Service Centres if the above means cannot be undertaken.
  • For technical information, send requests queryssdg@ceb.intnet.mu
  • Contact the SSDG Unit on 601-1100, 601-1138 and 601-1158
Where to submit application form?
The duly filled application form together with all relevant documentation requested, as per the checklist in the application form, can be submitted at any CEB Customer Service Centre .

Note: An application form will be accepted only after payment of required processing fee
Notification Reference, Date and Time
Upon acceptance of an application form, a notification with a reference number, date and time will be created on the CEB information system. All documents (application form, technical documentation and a copy of the notification) will be directed to the CEB SSDG Unit at Curepipe for further processing. 

Note: Prospective Prosumers are requested to keep the original of the notification safely for reference purposes.
Important Advice to Prospective Prosumers
  • Be very careful when soliciting third party support. Contact your CEB Customer Services Representative if you are not very sure.
  • Seek support from knowledgeable people who can help to assess the financial viability of your investment in the RE system.
  • Submit all documentation, as per the checklist in the application form, with the application at any CEB Customer Service Centre, of preference, nearest to your premises. Application form submitted elsewhere will not be accepted
  • Engage in payment for equipment only after receipt of the Letter of Intent.
  • Always ensure security of your RE installation.
  • Carry out regular maintenance of your RE system with the support of a technically qualified person or the supplier of the equipment.
  • Do not intervene in the RE installation. This may be very dangerous and may even cause death.
  • Seek CEBís intervention whenever required.
  • Ensure full compliance, at all times, with the Grid Code and its future amendments and the Connection Agreement.
  • Modification of the setup of the RE installation, without CEBís consent, will result in an automatic disconnection of the installation from the CEBís network and cancellation of the Connection Agreement.
  • Customers who do not own a premise/building should obtain a written consent of the owner(s) for installing the SSDG on their building for a period of, at least, 20 years. The consent letter should be submitted with their application.