The Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) is a body corporate, owned by the Government of Mauritius, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities (MEPU) and is regulated by the MARENA Act of 2015.
The Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency was proclaimed to the Government Gazette of Mauritius No. 49 of 2015.
MARENA was set up in January 2016 (Act no. 11 of 2015) to oversee and promote the development of renewable energy in Mauritius.
A prosperous REpublic RE-energised by clean, sustainable, affordable and secure energy.
To ensure transition to a sustainable lifestyle through the country’s energy demand being increasingly met by renewable energy to support sectoral developments in-keeping with international commitments.
● Integrity: We are committed to act with consistent and high ethical standards by embracing honesty, fairness, respect and safety.
● Dynamism : As energetic, versatile, skilled professionals, we are motivated to operate in a flexible workplace to achieve our objectives with open-mindedness, efficiency, vitality and enthusiasm.
● Innovation : We seek to bring the most creative solutions to energy challenges and aim to lead by being resourceful, entrepreneurial, passionate, open, innovative and smart.
● Sustainability : Mindful of our responsibility towards future generations, we are driven by actions and attitudes that reduce resource consumption and are sustainable, environmentally friendly and respectful of the planet and the community.
● Team Spirit : Driven by our role at the intersection of various stakeholders, we embrace the values of teamwork and cooperation, seeking to be establish our position as a trusted partner.
The objects of MARENA as enunciated in the MARENA Act are to:
(a) Promote the adoption and use of renewable energy with a view to achieving sustainable development goals;
(b) Advise on possible uses of liquid natural gas;
(c) Create an enabling environment for the development of renewable energy;
(d) Increase the share of renewable energy in the national energy mix;
(e) Share information and experience on renewable energy research and technology; and
(f) Foster collaboration and networking, at regional and international levels, with institutions promoting renewable energy.
The functions of MARENA as pronounced in the MARENA Act are to:
(a) Advise the Minister on all matters relating to renewable energy policy and strategy;
(b) Every 5 years, elaborate a renewable energy strategic plan;
(c) Establish the necessary mechanism and framework to increase the use of renewable energy;
(d) Assess the feasibility and competitiveness of renewable energy projects and make recommendations;
(e) Encourage and support studies and research on the renewable energy technologies and their implementation;
(f) Compile and analyse data on use and benefits of renewable energy;
(g) Develop guidelines and standards for renewable energy projects and for evaluation and approval of on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects;
(h) Devise incentive mechanisms, including subsidization mechanisms based on principles of competitiveness and specific technologies;
(i) Define a funding strategy for renewable energy projects;
(j) Assess the requirements for the improvement of skills for the implementation of renewable energy projects;
(k) Establish linkages with the International Renewable Energy Agency and regional and international institutions with similar objectives;
(l) Share information and knowledge on renewable energy technologies;
(m) Carry out sensitization programmes on renewable energy technologies;
(n) Devise such criteria as may be necessary for the accreditation of operators in the renewable energy sector; and
(o) Do such acts and things as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.