Reunion Island: one step closer to 100% renewable

Without puns, ti lamp ti lamp, we may end up with the "100% energy mix" displayed by the Region by 2030. In any case, it is to move towards this objective that Didier Robert and Maurice Gironcel signed yesterday a convention that sets out the path to be followed between 2019 and 2023. The mayor of Sainte-Suzanne represented the Sidelec, of which he is president, an organization in charge of electricity distribution in the island's 24 municipalities.


Among the priorities for the next five years, electric mobility but also the development of LEDs in public lighting. By 2023, the island's 80,000 light points will have to be switched to this cheaper technology, especially since the light intensity is adjustable in real time. A first phase will cover 20,000 light points in 13 municipalities.


Other priorities: the electrification of Mafate and the fight against fuel poverty among the most disadvantaged households. "Through our actions, we want to enable families to consume less and communities to have a lower electricity bill," says Maurice Gironcel. "This partnership with Sidélec reflects the common desire of energy stakeholders to make Reunion Island an exemplary territory in terms of renewable energy. The Region has been working for several years to ensure that Reunion Island becomes a model of growth based on both the economy and ecology," according to the President of the Region.


The path towards 100% renewable energy in 2030 is already marked out with a 79% stage set for 2023 and 81% in 2028. 


In this context, several actions are already underway, such as the installation of 200 individual photovoltaic plants per year, the installation of a methanisation unit at the Saint-Joseph Agricultural High School for Gasification at the CFPPA in Saint-Leu... Among families in precarious situations, "the 10,000 diagnosis milestone" has been reached, the highest score on a national scale.


  • Signing of the 2019-2023 master agreement


As actors in the ecological transition, the Region, Sidélec, SPL Énergies Réunion are carrying out a major programme.


The revised version of the Multi-Year Energy Programming (MYEP) for the periods 2019-2023 and 2023-2028 is expected to be finalized at the end of 2018.


Its objectives: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, final energy consumption or the total energy consumption of fossil fuels. This new EPP is part of a 100% renewable energy electricity mix by 2030, targeting 79% from 2023 and 81% in 2028.


4 lines of action: 

  • higher ambitions to reduce energy consumption 
  • more electricity production from renewable energies: photovoltaics and biomass.... 
  • amplified storage capacities 
  • transport measures that go beyond those of the Regional Transport Infrastructure Scheme (SRIT).

The Réunion Region and SIDELEC carry out actions on common topics that contribute to the implementation of the EPP guidelines. In this context, on Tuesday 6 November, the Réunion Region and SIDELEC signed an agreement formalising partnership actions, as part of the National Symposium organised by the Fédération Nationale des Collectivités Concédantes et Régies (FNCCR). Electric mobility, street lighting, fuel poverty and the electrification of Mafate are priorities set by the two local authorities.


"This partnership of excellence with Sidélec marks the common will of the energy stakeholders to make Reunion Island an exemplary territory in terms of renewable energies, to ensure that our island tends towards energy autonomy in 2030. This signature marks an important moment in which all the partners Sidélec, EDF, SPL énergies Réunion, ADEME and others are participating... The Region has been working for several years to ensure that Reunion Island becomes a model of growth based on both the economy and ecology".

Didier ROBERT, President of the Réunion Region



"The signing of this partnership agreement with the Region is a highlight for Sidélec. We are working on important subjects such as public lighting or electrical terminals. Through our actions we want to enable families to consume less and communities to have a lower electricity bill."

Maurice GIRONCEL, President of SIDELEC Meeting





The Region is maintaining its actions in favour of renewable energies:

  • the installation of more than 200 individual photovoltaic plants each year, 
  • the implementation of the mobile methanisation unit at the Saint-Joseph agricultural high school and the gasification unit at the CFPPA in Saint-Leu, two reference sites that will eventually serve as educational and demonstration platforms, 
  • the continuation of the "eco-solidarity" scheme to equip the most modest households in Reunion Island with solar water heaters, assistance to social landlords for rental housing 
  • the installation of efficient public lighting (approximately 8,000 lighting points improved in 2019) through the ERDF 2014-2020 
  • the continued implementation of the SLIME Reunion Island (Local Intervention Service for the Control of Energy in Reunion Island) for an energy diagnosis and advice in 3 steps: identify families in precarious situations, diagnose during home visits and provide adapted solutions such as equipment replacements or works.

Reunion Island passes the 10,000 diagnoses mark and is at the top of the national ranking.



Created in 2000, Sidélec Réunion (Syndicat intercommunal d'électricité de La Réunion) is a public establishment for intermunicipal cooperation, whose competence is to be the licensing authority for the public electricity service in Reunion Island. As such, it owns the entire electricity grid and grants the operation of the electricity distribution network to EDF.


Its objectives are:

  1.  encourage better collaboration between the various actors in the energy sector in order to improve the public service of electricity distribution in Reunion Island 
  2.  promote energy management actions (MDE) among the population 
  3.  increase the transfer of the "Rural electrification project management" competence by the municipalities in Sidélec with the objective of proposing a unified and shared project management in Reunion Island 
  4.  make increasing investments in the electricity distribution network in a difficult economic context to cope with the increase in consumption and the number of subscribers.

In addition to the work carried out as part of its main missions concerning the burial and reinforcement of the electricity grid, Sidélec has also led or contributed to the sustainability of Mafate's electricity supply. In terms of public lighting, an approach led by Sidélec aimed at "just lighting" with economical and quality lighting has been initiated. In collaboration with the island's various socio-economic actors, including the Reunion Island Region as lead partner, Sidélec Reunion has taken part in the work being carried out locally to contribute to the energy transition.