Accelerating the transformational shift to a low-carbon economy in the Republic of Mauritius

Accelerating the transformational shift to a low-carbon economy in the Republic of Mauritius

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 15 Dec 2016 at B.15
  • Est. completion 11 Jul 2025
  • ESS Category Category B

Helping Mauritius mainstream renewable energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

With imported fossil fuels supplying 84 percent of Mauritius’ primary energy requirements, the country is vulnerable to outside energy shocks, like many other Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Also, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing at a rate of 3 percent per year, while the country’s energy generation mix is dominated by imports of coal (39 percent) and fuel oil (38 percent).

This project is aimed at enabling the Government of Mauritius to meet its target of using renewables to supply 35 percent of the country’s energy needs by 2025. This is part of a broad national strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels – to enhance energy security and climate change mitigation, and to improve the country’s balance of payments.

The project will remove bottlenecks to investments in low-carbon development in two phases: 

  • Phase 1: Supporting grid-connected, intermittent renewable energy; and
  • Phase 2: Establishing a photovoltaic mini-power grid for Mauritius’ principle outer island, Agalega. 

The project’s first phase (2017-2019) will strengthen the ability of the energy grid to use electricity generated by renewables and support institutional strengthening through the operationalization of the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA).

The second phase (2020-2024) will draw upon lessons learned during the first phase to accelerate the deployment of solar energy in Agalega. The ability to supply clean energy to a remote island like Agalega is a good example that can be replicated in other SIDS.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 20 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


07 Apr 2015 - 619 days

Concept note received

07 Apr 2015

Funding proposal received

29 Jul 2015

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

20 Oct 2016


15 Dec 2016 - 209 days

Approved by GCF Board

15 Dec 2016

Cleared by iTAP

15 Dec 2016

FAA executed

08 Jun 2017

Under implementation

11 Jul 2017 - 2,515 days so far

FAA effective

11 Jul 2017

Disbursement - USD 2,974,261

06 Sep 2017

Annual Performance Report

23 Mar 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 4,220,060

06 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 4,879,837

02 Dec 2020

Disbursement - USD 4,342,959

20 Dec 2021

To be completed

11 Jul 2025 - 409 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Small Island Developing States
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing58% disbursed

GrantUSD 28,210,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 28,210,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 37,900,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 122,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 1,380,000
Co-FinancingOtherUSD 1,000,000
Co-FinancingOtherUSD 900,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 163,180,000

GCF Contacts

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GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mrs. Nancy Bennet

Executive Coordinator, ad interim (A.I)
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +12129065044
Mr. Robin Merlier

Principal Advisor Environmental Law and Policy
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +1 2129065842
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Mr. Visvanaden Soondram Primary
Deputy Financial Secretary
Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius
Phone 230-260-081
Mrs. Usha Beegun-Ramduny Secondary
Lead Analyst, Resource Mobilisation Cluster
Phone 230 260 1348