Luxembourg funds solar plant in Cabo Verde

16 March 2015

Luxembourg will provide funding of 251 million Cape Verdean escudos (2.3 million euros) to build a photovoltaic plant with capacity to produce 1,500 kilowatts of power on Fogo Island, said José Rodrigues, chief executive of Água Brava.

Água Brava is the company responsible for the production and distribution of drinking water on the islands of Fogo and Brava, and the CEO said that within a year the island of Fogo would produce renewable energy, which will significantly reduce the cost of water production.

In this project, created to overcome the difficulties encountered in securing land to install 22 generator systems for water pumping, Luxembourg is cooperating with the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning and the Directorate-General for Energy.

Rodrigues also said that in addition to the 251 million Cape Verdean escudos to build the plant, Luxembourg would also pay for the software required to manage the units in operation. (macauhub/CV)