Germany to invest in construction of wind farms in Cape Verde

27 April 2010

Espargos, Cape Verde, 27 April – Germany is to invest 40 million euros in four wind farms on four islands in the Cape Verdean archipelago, Cape Verde’s Tourism Minister said on Sal Island Monday.

Fátima Fialho, speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa at the end of a meeting in Sal airport, with Germany’s economy and technology minister, Rainer Bruderle, said that the farms, which will be concluded by mid 2011, will have the capacity to generate 28 megawatts of power – 10 MW each on Santiago and Sal islands, 5 MW on Sao Vicente and 3 MW on Boavista.

“Currently we have around 3 percent of our capacity that comes from renewable energy, but we have the conditions to reach 20 percent this year, and to achieve the 25 percent to which we have committed by the end of 2011,” said Fialho.

In his turn, the German Energy Minister said that all the equipment would be assembled by German company Vestas and noted that Germany had over 20 years of experience in this sector and that Cape Verde had “ideal” conditions for setting up wind farms and solar power plants. (macauhub)