Portugal’s Martifer Solar to install two solar energy complexes in Cape Verde

7 January 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 7 Jan – The Portuguese company Martifer Solar plans to install in Cape Verde two photovoltaic solar energy complexes with a power capacity of 7.5 megawatts (MW), the Martifer group has announced.

Martifer Solar has signed a contract with Cape Verde’s Ministry of Economy, Growth and Competitiveness “to supply and install key-in-hand two photovoltaic solar complexes on Sal and Santiago islands, worth about US$30 million,” indicates the note released on Tuesday in Lisbon.

The complexes will produce 4 percent of the electricity produced in the island country and should be ready within seven months. They will be the two biggest solar power complexes in Africa.

The company guarantees that “the units will be ready to produce this year” and will use panels developed by Martifer in Oliveira de Frades, Portugal.

The complex in Praia on Santiago Island will have a 5 MW power capacity and the one on Sal 2.5 MW.

The two complexes will be built using a credit line granted to the Cape Verdean government for renewable energies and prevent the emission of 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Martifer is a multinational group with more than 3,000 workers whose activity centres on metal construction and renewable energies. Its solar energy company Martifer Solar is represented in Italy, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, France, Spain and the United States.