1. What is the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
This scheme, launched in early 2017 under the title 'Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives', has been renamed 'Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme for Cooperative Societies' following several
amendments brought to the schemeUnder the present Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme, Cooperative societies or federations are allowed to
install a grid-connected Small-Scale Distributed Generation (SSDG) Solar PV to generate electricity for their own use.
Any electricity generated and not consumed by the customer is automatically exported to the CEB electrical network. The
electricity thus exported can be re-imported from the network free of charge at other times, e.g. at night. At the end of
the month, any surplus electricity exported is carried forward for next month and any net energy imported will be billed
as per the new tariff applicable.
2. Am I eligible to apply for the CEB SSDG Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
In order to be eligible for the scheme, the cooperative societies should abide to the following:
- Beneficiaries should be duly registered cooperative societies or cooperative federations with the Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
- The cooperative should be active.
- The cooperative should have an active electricity account in its name at the proposed site.
- The cooperative should satisfy other criteria of the SSDG Net Metering Scheme.
3. How can I submit an application under this scheme if I do not have any electricity account on the proposed site?
You should firstly apply for new electricity supply at the proposed site. You may submit an application under this scheme when the electricity account has been activated. Kindly contact the nearest CEB customer service for more information.
4. What is the maximum capacity that I can install under the present Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
A Cooperative society is entitled for a solar PV installation of an allowed capacity of a maximum of 2 kilowatt peak (kWp) for
electricity supply having a declared electrical load less or equal to 20 kVA and a maximum of 5 kWp for electricity supply having a
declared electrical load above 20 kVA. However, depending on results of a technical assessment by CEB, the maximum capacity may be
revised downwards on a case-to-case basis. (The kWp is defined as the total cumulative maximum power of the PV panels)
5. Who is a Prosumer?
Definition of Prosumers is given in the General Definition of Prosumers document .
6. What types of power generating facilities are eligible under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
Only Solar Photovoltaic are eligible.
What benefits will I get in the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
By generating electricity for your own use, you reduce the amount of electricity you buy from the CEB. Ideally, you should size your
RE system to cover your monthly electricity consumption. Before investing in renewable energy systems, you need to calculate the
financial aspects of such an investment and its long-term viability. Other benefits under the Scheme are elaborated under the section
Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme for Cooperatives Societies
8. How will CEB compute my imported and exported energy?
CEB will install one Production Meter which will register the energy production of the renewable energy system and one
Import/Export Meter which will register both the energy import and export. The electricity rate, as defined in the
Tariff Schedule, will be applied on the net energy. In case, the net energy is nil or there is
a net export or the amount raised for net energy import is lower than the Minimum Charge, the Minimum Charge, as defined in the
Tariff Schedule, will be applied.
9. Why do I have to pay a Minimum Charge?
The Minimum Charge covers administrative costs associated with maintaining your account. The Minimum Charge is only applicable
whenever the net energy is nil or there is a net export or the amount raised for net energy import is lower than
the Minimum Charge, as defined in the Tariff Schedule .
10. Am I still subject to late payment penalty charges despite being a prosumer with credit energy amount?
Yes. Although your electricity bill could be reduced since you are a net-metering prosumer, all charges require payment by the
due date on your bill. You will still be subject to late payment charges as before.
11. What information will be shown on my Electricity Bill?
When you have installed a renewable energy system under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme, the meters installed at your premises will be
read remotely (no meter reader will visit your place, unless required). You will receive a single bill every month by post.
The bill will show the amount of energy produced, imported, exported and carried forward (if any). The bill will also show
the minimum charge applicable and other charges (e.g. TV license fee), and the total amount payable.
12. When will the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme close?
The scheme will close when applications for the allocated capacity have been received as follows:
- capacity of 100 kWp (AC) for Mauritius
- capacity of 25 kWp (AC) for Rodrigues
13. Where can I find help to determine the financial
viability of a renewable energy system under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
The officers from the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives and CEB SSDG Unit officers can help you to get a basic idea on
the payback period. However, it is recommended that you contact your installer or any other person who can conduct a more in-depth
financial analysis for you before investing.
14. What happens to any surplus energy exported at the end of the year?
Surplus energy exported at the end of the year is carried forward to the following year.
15. What happens to the energy units accumulated if I decide to close my electricity account?
The SSDG Connection Agreement will be terminated and the energy units accumulated will be traded at the available
CEB's marginal cost of production
16. What will be my Import Tariff after I have a renewable energy system under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
The proposed applicable tariffs are shown in the Tariff Schedule
17. Will payment of my electricity bill, through
standing order, be affected when my SSDG is connected to the CEB grid?
Yes, you will need to notify your bank about the change in CEB Contract Account Number following receipt of your new (Net Metering)
Electricity Bill by post (after commissioning of the SSDG).
18. Can I operate my SSDG in the event of a power outage?
All SSDGs shall be designed and operated as per provisions of the SSDG Grid Code. In case of operation of the SSDG in the
event of power outage (referred to as isolated generation), safety precautions as mentioned in the SSDG Grid Code shall be
taken to ensure no feedback of power to the grid. This safety precaution is essential to prevent risks of electrical
shocks/electrocution of CEB crew workers intervening on the electrical network.
19. Do I need to install batteries?
Under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme for Cooperatives, the grid will act as a storage system and hence you will not have to invest in costly battery
energy storage system.
20. What Tax benefits are available to me if I apply under the Net Metering Scheme?
Solar equipment are tax-free.
21. Who can I contact if I have technical questions?
- You can call the SSDG unit team at CEB Curepipe Office on 601-1100, 601-1138 and 601-1158 or
- You can email your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org
23. Where do I submit my Application Form?
Application to be submitted in person to:
For cooperative societies/federations in Mauritius:
For cooperative societies/federations in Rodrigues:
- The Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives (Cooperatives Division), 3rd Floor, LIC Centre, John Kennedy Street, Port Louis.
- Commission for Child Development and Others (Cooperatives Division), Human Resource Development Centre, Malabar.
24. How do I fill in the SSDG Application Form? There are technical information required that I do not know.
Your supplier/installer will help you fill in the technical part of the Application Form.
25. What do I need to submit with the Application Form?
A checklist, for documents to be submitted with the application form, is available in the application form itself. You may
download the Application Form which is in PDF format.
26. What are the Fees and Charges that the CEB will charge me?
The following non-refundable fees/charges are applicable:
These charges are subject to to amendment, whenever required.
- At the time of application: An application Fee of Rs 375
- Any Change of installer/equipment/Re-evaluation of application: Rs 375
- At the time of issue of Letter of Intent, one of the following Connection Fee is payable:
- For single-phase connection: Rs 750 or
- For three-phase connection: Rs 1,500
27. Can my supplier/installer submit my SSDG Application Form on my behalf?
No, neither suppliers/installers are allowed to submit an application on behalf of a client nor an application is accepted by post.
28. When should I pay for the SSDG equipment?
Submitting an Application Form and paying the Processing Fee do not guarantee you the acceptance by the CEB for the
installation of your SSDG system.
Pay for your SSDG equipment only after you have received a Letter of Intent from the CEB for the installation of a SSDG
for the installation of a SSDG as per the Electricity Act.
29. What happens after I submit my application under the Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Scheme?
After verification of your application, the Ministry will send all your documents to the CEB for processing.
CEB will contact you for the payment of a Processing Fee of Rs 375. Thereafter your application will be assessed technically and
all the administrative procedures will be followed accordingly.
Please refer to the Connection Procedures section to get the step-by-step procedures. CEB
will act as your one-stop shop for the processing.
30. Can I install an SSDG system on my unoccupied building?
Yes, but this is not viable. All energy will be exported to the grid and no payment will be made for same.
Cash back shall be made at the marginal cost only upon termination of the SSDG Connection Agreement.
31. Can I submit an application if I do not own the premise/ building/ land?
You may submit an SSDG application provided that you have received a written agreement from the owner of the premise for installing the SSDG on his premise/ building/ land for the lease period.
32. How should I proceed for relocation of my PV system after commissioning, in the event that the building or land owner does not renew the lease?
Firstly, the CEB will carry out network tests to verify whether the PV system can be connected to the network at the
new proposed site and you will be notified accordingly. Upon settling the appropriate fees, meter change and testing shall be carried out.
Note: The prosumer will have to bear the relocation charges.
33. When can I claim the grant for PV installation offered by the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives?
You can claim for the grant from the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives after commissioning of the PV system and signature of the SSDG Connection Agreement. Kindly ask for more information at the Ministry of Business, Enterprise
and Cooperatives (Cooperatives Division)