Solar energy at the BEC schools in Mauritius

SETL and The meeco Group install rooftop solar power on 67 schools in Mauritius

Spread across the island, the Bureau de l'Éducation Catholique's (BEC) mission is to offer quality

education to all students by helping them develop advanced educational, cultural and social skills. To
support this teaching methodology, the Bureau has put in place in 2011 its own ecological footprint
program involving students. This step marked the beginning of a new and greener path at BEC.

In June 2012, SETL, a subsidiary of the LEAL Group in Mauritius and joint venture partner of The
meeco Group, won the 750 kWp Public Tender aiming at installing solar power rooftop installations
on each of the 67 BEC schools in Mauritius. "Bringing solar power to the BEC schools is a golden
social opportunity and a project with substantial positive side effects and consequences since it
serves as a tool to raise awareness around environmental issues and energy consumption in young
and adult populations at the school," whilst at the same time providing at the same schools green
energy," declares Dieter Trutschler, Sales Director at The meeco Group.

At this point, the first 12 schools have been finalized and are fully operational. "All of the solar
energy systems installed are connected to the grid, offering schools a green power supply," explains
Enrique Tébar, BEC Project Manager for The meeco Group on Mauritius. "This project is especially
important to us, as it contributes to bringing solar energy into Mauritians' everyday life, as an
efficient and competitive alternative energy to serve for small to mid size consumers."

For this project, The meeco Group and SETL following their agreed strategy to provide only long
lifetime solutions, have again selected top tier material such as 150 Wp thin-film CIS Solar Frontier
modules in combination with SMA Sunny 7000 HV inverters and non-penetrating supporting
structures by Krannich Solar. "The meeco Group has chosen to partner and enter into a long-term
joint venture with SETL, a well-established actor in the island's energy sector, to install renewable
energy where it is really needed," declares Mr. Tébar. "In a territory like Mauritius, distributed energy
generation is the only real option to meet current and most importantly future energy needs. The
meeco Group procures the components and provides layout and technical advisory services, while
SETL assumes the management of local project acquisition and preparation, installation and will
ensure future maintenance," adds Mr. Tébar.

About The meeco Group: The meeco Group was consolidated in 2000 and oriented its main focus
towards the energy sector. With world headquarters located in Zug, Switzerland, the group currently
has over 50 employees working across 4 continents. Thanks to a structured but flexible approach
based on its core competencies, meeco has delivered over 250 MW of clean, renewable energy
solutions across four continents. The meeco Group accomplishes its mission by providing project
developers, investors, governments, and private businesses with the services necessary for timely
financing, installation, and operation of clean energy assets.

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