Renewable energy accounts for 46 pct of power supply to Cape Verdean capital

21 October 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 21 Oct – The capital of Cape Verde, Praia Wednesday achieved a renewable energy rate within its power grid of 46 percent after a new wind farm started operating, Cape Verde’s Prime Minister said Thursday.

During the official ceremony to open the wind farm at Monte de São Filipe, to the north of the capital, José Maria Neves said that the 11 turbines had for the last few days been providing an additional 10 megawatts of power to the city.

The new wind farm now works alongside the Palmarejo solar power plant, which is also in Praia, which opened in November 2010 and has a capacity of 5 megawatts.

The project was built by Cabeólica, a company resulting from a public-private partnership between the government of Cape Verde, water and electricity company Electra, InfraCo (a business institution made up of international donors, including the World Bank), the AFC and the Finnish Fund for Industrial cooperation and represents an investment of 56 million euros, of which 45 million would be provided by the European investment Bank and the African Development Bank.

The partnership involves construction of four wind farms on four islands of the archipelago – Santiago, Sao Vicente, Boa Vista and Sal, which in total will have an installed capacity of around 25.5 megawatts (MW). (macauhub)