Reducing emissions

Cabo Verde moves ahead in renewable energies

Four wind farms, installed on four Cabo Verde islands, provide an annual savings of 20,000 t of imported heavy fuels, resulting in savings of more than €12 million for the country.

Together, the four wind farms produce more than 25.5 MW of electricity, equalling around 25% of the country’s demand. In addition, they reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 67,440 t per full year of operation. The first wind farm was inaugurated on Santiago Island in 2011. It supplies 20% of local energy consumption, while the Boavista, São Vicente and Sal farms fill 25%, 35% and 31% of local demand, respectively.

The planned progress in renewable energies on the archipelago over the next 7 years will save around €40 million annually in fuel imports (approximately 75 million litres of fuel and diesel) and create more than 800 direct and indirect jobs, in addition to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 225,000 t. The programme was developed by Cabeólica, a Cabo Verdean public-private partnership which, in 2013, won the Ashden Award for Small Island Developing States, backed by the World Bank.

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