Comoros Turns To The Sun

Country Overview

The Union of the Comoros is an island nation located in the northern region of the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean. The population of the Comoros is approximately 0.85 million people.

In 2022, the Comoros’ economy was ranked 167th in the world in gross domestic product (GDP). The country’s economy is dependent on the export of cloves, tug boats, essential oils, scrap vessels, and vanilla.

Environmental Policies

In 2016, the Comoros signed the Paris Climate Agreement, committing to an 84% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, based on a business-as-usual scenario.

Power Generation Capabilities

In 2021, 87.9 % of the people in the Comoros had access to electricity. In 2021, the state-owned utility, Gestion de l’Eau et de l’Electricité aux Comoros (MAMWE) only used refined petroleum (100%) to generate electricity across the island nation.

The only recent renewable energy project in the Comoros is as follows:

  • 9 MW Solar + 18 MWh Energy Storage ProjectIn September 2022, MAMWE announced that the World Bank would provide financing for a solar plus battery storage project on Ngazidja, the largest island in this archipelago nation.

Conclusions

The Comoros imports all the nation’s refined petroleum for power generation and transportation. In 2021, the Comoros imported U.S. $70.5 Million just for imported refined petroleum.

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, prompting the European Union, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand to place economic sanctions on Russian imports and exports. As a result, the crude oil and natural gas prices increased by over 50% from May 2021 to May 2022.

The Comoros use diesel fueled generators that provide electricity on the four islands, Ngazidja,  Mwali,  Nzwani, and Maore, The government of the Comoros is now seeking low-cost, reliable solar projects to replace the increasingly expensive diesel fueled generators. The Comoros is turning to solar for low-cost, green energy.

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”

www.jack kerfoot.com

 

Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy expert, and author of the book FUELING AMERICA, An Insider’s Journey and articles for The Hill, one of the largest independent political news sites in the United States. He has been interviewed on over 100 radio, podcast, and television stations from New York City to Los Angeles discussing a diverse range of energy issues and topics.

 

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