The project produces nearly 7 gigawatt-hours of clean energy per year, displaces about 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually and power more than 2,100 homes. Unison Company, a South Korean manufacturer and contractor, supplied the 750-kilowatt turbines.
Before the wind farm began operations, the Seychelles depended entirely on imported fossil fuels to generate energy. With the farm now supplying more than 8 percent of Mahe Island’s grid capacity, the integration of clean, sustainable wind energy is helping the island nation decrease power outages, address long-term energy security and reduce carbon emissions.
The project is a major step toward meeting the Seychelles’ energy policy, which sets a target of producing 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The project was financed through a grant of $28 million (U.S.) from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, a government entity that enhances living standards in developing nations.
The Port Victoria wind farm is one of several Masdar-funded international projects.