New solar power array inaugurated in Cape Verde

3 November 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 3 Nov – The second and last photovoltaic solar power array built by the Portuguese company Martifer in Cape Verde, a project budgeted at 19 million euros with an installed potential of 5 megawatts, was inaugurated on Tuesday in Praia.

The first unit built by Martifer was inaugurated last 1 October on Sal Island. The new Praia unit will occupy 13 hectares and have an annual production estimated at 8,120 megawatts per hour.

The photovoltaic solar power units in Praia and on Sal Island are Cape Verde’s first two major renewable energy projects and were implemented using resources from a credit line granted by the Portuguese government (100 million euros) and shared by the Cape Verdean government.

The units will provide about 4 percent of the island country’s total energy consumption and annually save 2,600 tonnes of petroleum, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Besides the two units, Cape Verde is also building four other wind power projects on Santiago, Sao Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista islands, which should be completed in 2011.

When they become operational Cape Verde will count a penetration rate of 25 percent, which should reduce the country’s dependence on importing oil-derived products. (macauhub)