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1. Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
2. Am I eligible to apply for the CEB Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
3. How can I submit an application under this scheme if I do not have any electricity account on the proposed site?
4. What is the maximum capacity that I can install under the present Net Metering Scheme?
5. Who is a Prosumer?
6. What types of power generating facilities are eligible under the Net Metering Scheme?
7. What benefits will I get if I go into Net-Metering Scheme?
8. How will CEB compute my imported and exported energy?
9. Why do I have to pay a Minimum Charge?
10. Am I still subject to late payment penalty charges despite being a prosumer with credit energy amount?
11. What information will be shown on my Electricity Bill?
12. When will the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives close?
13. Where can I find help to determine the financial viability of a renewable energy system under the Net-Metering Scheme?
14. What happens to any surplus energy exported at the end of the year?
15. What happens to the energy units accumulated if I decide to close my electricity account?
16. What will be my Import Tariff after I have installed a renewable energy system under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
17. How will payment of my electricity bill, through standing order, be affected when my SSDG is connected to the CEB grid?
18. Can I operate my SSDG in the event of a power outage?
19. Do I need to install batteries?
20. What Tax benefits are available to me if I apply under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
21. Who can I contact if I have technical questions?
22. I have already installed a renewable energy system under the previous Feed-in Tariff or PECR Scheme. Am I eligible to apply for another renewable energy system under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
23. Where do I submit my Application Form?
24. How do I fill in the SSDG Application Form? There are technical information required that I do not know.
25. What do I need to submit with the Application Form?
26. What are the Fees and Charges?
27. Can my supplier/installer submit my SSDG Application Form on my behalf?
28. When should I pay for the SSDG equipment?
29. What happens after I submit my application under the SSDG SSDG Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?
30. Can I install an SSDG system on my unoccupied building?
31. Can I submit an application if I do not own the premise/ building / land?
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?
33. When can I claim the grant for PV installation offered by the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives?

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1. What is the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


Under the present Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives, 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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


The maximum capacity that can be installed is 5 kWp. However, depending on results of a technical assessment by CEB, this 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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


Only Solar Photovoltaic are eligible.

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7. What benefits will I get in the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives

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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives, 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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives 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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


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.

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19. Do I need to install batteries?


Under the Green Energy 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 queryssdg@ceb.intnet.mu

22. I have already installed a a renewable energy system under the previous Feed-in Tariff or PECR Scheme. Am I eligible to apply for another a renewable energy system under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


  • You may request to cancel your Connection Agreement with the CEB for your existing renewable energy system and apply afresh under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives . However, it is to be noted that the maximum capacities allowable and other conditions under this scheme are different compared to the previous Schemes.
  • If you wish to keep your existing RE system under the previous scheme, then you will not be eligible to apply for a new RE system under the Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives .

23. Where do I submit my Application Form?


Application to be submitted in person to:

For cooperative societies/federations in Mauritius:
  • The Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives (Cooperatives Division), 3rd Floor, LIC Centre, John Kennedy Street, Port Louis.
For cooperative societies/federations in Rodrigues:
  • 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.

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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:
  • 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
These charges are subject to to amendment, whenever required.

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 Green Energy Scheme for Cooperatives?


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.

32. 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)