Cape Verde to use solar power to pump water

1 August 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 1 Aug – The Cape Verde government is working with the European Union to improve rural water supplies through the use of solar power to pump drinking water, media have reported.

PANA news agency said that in addition to the EU-assisted water program, the Praia government also wants to develop solar power programs to supply street lighting in rural areas of the archipelago.

Cape Verde’s capital hosted an exhibition on solar energy last week, an event aimed to promote use of this renewable energy source by the private sector.

Visitors to the solar power show were able to see demonstrations by Cape Verde firms of water pumps, street and house lighting and water supply systems powered by solar energy.

Cape Verde, almost entirely dependent for its energy needs on imported fossil fuels, is trying to develop renewable energy sources like wind and solar power to reduce the financial burden of energy imports. (macauhub)