In 2021, fossil energies accounted for almost 90% of Seychelles' electricity consumption, leaving just over a tenth of the share for low-carbon energies. In terms of clean energy, solar power constitutes close to 90% of the low-carbon energy installation, providing nearly 11% of Seychelles' electricity. Wind energy, although present, plays a minuscule role in the nation's energy mix, contributing a mere 1.54%.
Seychelles could effectively increase its low-carbon electricity generation by expanding its existing solar power infrastructure, given its evident success in the sector. Further inspiration can be drawn from countries with notable low-carbon energy production. For instance, Denmark, similar to Seychelles, is a small island nation, but manages to generate a stunning 59% of its electricity from wind energy, indicating a significant potential for Seychelles to increase its wind power production. It could also consider adopting nuclear power, depending on its feasibility. A variety of nations, such as France, Slovakia, and Ukraine have successfully integrated nuclear power into their electricity mix, and currently derive 66%, 61%, and 58% of their electricity respectively from this low-carbon source.
Moreover, looking back at the history of low-carbon electricity in Seychelles, it's clear that the nation has only recently begun to tap into these resources. Both solar and wind energy installations remained stagnant till 2018. Only in the last decade of the 21st century did these clean energy sources begin to provide electricity, with solar power significantly leading the way. While wind power entered the scene at the same time, its contribution has been comparatively negligible. Despite being late starters, the push for clean energy has been accelerating in recent years, indicating a promising future for low-carbon electricity in Seychelles.