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Seychelles use solar systems from the Schleswig-Holstein Trappenkamp. 

The companies e3plan GmbH (Kiel) and Sea & Sun Technology (Trappenkamp) have started the construction of solar power plants in the Repuplic of the Seychelles. The photovoltaik systems have already been delivered to seven locations on two islands. So far five systems have been installed successfully. 

Dennis Wardhorner, owner of the Hotel L'Habitation on Cerf Island, is one of the project partners getting a 5 kWp system installation on the roof. The businessman commented his decision for the project, which gives him the opportunity to test the benefits and returns of a photovoltaic system for one year with no costs, "I have been waiting for such an opportunity. Energy prices in Seychelles are no longer acceptable; it is time to go to independency from rising oil prices step by step."

Jean Rassool, headmaster of the Seychelles Institute of Technology, speaks of "a great opportunity to convince people of the need for efficiency and solar plants on the Seychelles."

The last phase of the project will end with the opening ceremony on 10th of December 2012 on Cerf Island. Until then, all the installation work will be completed. Thereafter, the two companies from Schleswig-Holstein (GER) will continue the project under the brand "" and continue to develop the market for renewable energies for small island states.

"With this solar project, the Seychelles made a big step on their way to an energy-efficient and green future," says Managing Director Heinz Schelwat of Sea & Sun Technology. The Seychelles can offer solar plant operations an average of 7 hours of sunshine a day.

“The Island can provide for itself in abundance with what it has to offer”, said Heinz Schelwat, president of Sea and Sun Technology.

“The abundance of sun these islands have to offer will make power solutions based on oil and gas completely superfluous”, the solar manger said. According to his calculations, taking these prerequisites into consideration, the price of electricity should drop significantly in a short period. The initial investment for renewable energies reduces the demand and the transportation of oil for the various island. The Solar Roofs Project Seychelles is part of the worldwide “dena Solar Roofs Programme” coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) within the initiative „renewables – Made in Germany“.


e3plan gmbh, Kiel 

e3plan was initially found in 2008 under the name “Faktor X New Energy” and then changed its name to “e3plan” in 2011. e3plan is involved in project development and offers engineering services in the

renewable energy area.


Sea and Sun Technologies GmbH, Trappenkamp 

Sea and Sun Technologies GmbH have been a system provider of renewable energy and under water technology since 1998 and have made an international name for themselves by producing self-developed innovative products and individual customer solutions at the highest standard of quality. Synergising both of these areas two years ago lead to the founding of a further company called Sun & Sea Organic with the production of Microalgae and other valuable substances. A further operation network provides the international availability of products and services. This full time team consists of over 40 highly qualified employees.


about dena (English) 

The Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - the German Energy Agency - is the centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena's aim is to ensure that energy is used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate. dena is working with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large to achieve this aim. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG.


“renewables - Made in Germany” 

The initiative "renewables - Made in Germany" was launched by the German Parliament in 2002 and is run by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The main objective is to contribute to climate protection by stimulating the acceptance and use of renewable energy around the world. By showcasing Germany's technical expertise in the field of renewable energy and by organising business trips to and from Germany, the export initiative facilitates business contacts between companies in Germany and abroad. The platform provides information about German renewable energy technologies and contact data of German suppliers. 


About the dena Solar Roofs Programme 

The “dena Solar Roofs Programme” was developed by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency. Launched in 2004, this programme, co-financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, supports German solar energy companies  entering new markets. Within the framework of the programme reference and demonstration projects are installed on the roofs of designated institutions in different countries around the world. The installation is accompanied by comprehensive marketing and training programmes. These projects impressively present high-quality solar technology.