Solar Water Heater Scheme 3

The Solar Water Heater Project has started in 2008 to help Mauritian to reduce the electricity consumption, carbon dioxide emission and at the same time, to enable each and every Mauritian to enjoy the comfort of having access to warm water. This is in line with the Maurice Ile Durable Vision.


The First Phase of the Solar Water Heater Scheme (SWH), which has cost Rs 250 million, has enabled 24 000 families to benefit from the SWH scheme. However, there was a backlog of 20,000 applicants from Phase 1 that were on the waiting list in 2008.  Government took the decision that priority was to be given to this group of people. In December 2011, the Maurice Ile Durable Fund under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has developed the new Solar Water Scheme Phase 2 which is administered by Development Bank of Mauritius. The beneficiary of the Grant will still benefit Rs 10,000 for the purchase of a Solar Water Heater as per the terms and conditions of the grant.
With the increased number of complaints from SWH Phase 1 Scheme, the SWH Phase 2 Scheme was designed to provide more safeguard to the public at large. New set of conditions is now being imposed for both suppliers and beneficiaries of the grant.


The Development Bank of Mauritius has issued a letter of offer to the 20,000 potential beneficiaries from the waiting list and only about 14,000 responded favourably and met the criteria requirements for SWH Phase 2. The Solar Water Heater Scheme Phase 2 was completed as at 31 December 2012 and the MID Fund has disbursed a total of Rs 134.47 Million for 13,447 beneficiaries under the SWH Scheme 2.


New applications for the SWH Phase 3 was launched from 06 October 2012 to 13 October 2012 on a first come first serve basis.  A total of 42.131 applicants registered online and at DBM for Phase 3 but only 20,000 beneficiaries will be eligible for the grant in 2013.


The Solar Water Heater Scheme is a Government initiative offering a grant to householders who install environmentally-friendly solar water heaters. The best-practice scheme delivers environmental and financial savings.



The scheme aims to:

  • encourage the use of renewable energy instead of fossil fuels
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • assist the long-term development of the solar water heater industry
  • increase public access to and awareness of sustainable energy technology
reduce home energy bills.



MID Fund 02 April 2013





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