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Electricity in Seychelles in 2022

Global Ranking: #123
14.5% #142 Low-carbon electricity
664.65 watts #54 Generation / person
565.90 gCO2eq/kWh #165 Carbon Intensity

In the current energy landscape of Seychelles, the vast majority of electricity—about 85%—comes from fossil fuels. In stark contrast, low-carbon energy sources only make up around 15% of the total electricity generation. Breaking this further down, solar energy is the most significant clean energy contributor, accounting for nearly 13% of the electricity mix. Wind power, however, makes up a smaller portion, contributing just over 1.5%. This heavy reliance on fossil fuels presents significant challenges, including contributing to climate change and air pollution, making the transition to low-carbon electricity sources all the more urgent for Seychelles.

Suggestions

To increase the share of low-carbon electricity, Seychelles can focus on expanding its already promising solar energy sector. Since solar power is the most substantial contributor among its clean energy sources, accelerating its deployment could quickly boost the low-carbon share. Additionally, Seychelles can learn from countries that have successfully integrated higher percentages of wind energy into their electricity mix. Denmark and Uruguay stand out in this regard, with wind power making up 53% and 35% of their electricity generation, respectively. Since Seychelles shares some geographical similarities with island nations like Cape Verde, where wind power contributes 14% to the electricity mix, it can likely draw valuable lessons from such examples to optimize its wind energy infrastructure.

History

Looking at the history of low-carbon electricity in Seychelles, the data shows a consistent lack of change in wind energy generation from 2013 to 2022. Similarly, solar energy saw no change from 2019 to 2022. This stagnation highlights an area ripe for development, as stagnation in clean energy sources suggests missed opportunities for growth and diversification. By learning from the advancements and techniques used by other countries, Seychelles has the potential to significantly boost its share of sustainable, green energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

Electricity Imports and Exports

Balance of Trade

Data Sources

For the years 1991 to 1999 the data source is EIA.
For the years 2000 to 2022 the data source is Ember.
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