Wind energy plant in Praia, Cape Verde, to start operating in August

The Monte São Filipe wind farm in the Cape Verdean capital, Praia, which has an installed capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) is expected to start operating in August, Cape Verde’s director-general for Energy said Saturday.

Abraão Lopes said that the essential tool to assemble the wind farm, which represents an investment of 16 million euros, were already in the country. He added that the wind farm would account for around 25 percent of the country’s power production.

Lopes, who was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the port of Praia to receive the 11 wind turbines, noted that the wind farm would produce around 110 gigawatts (GW) of wind power per year.

“The wind turbines will provide an installed capacity of 10 megawatts of nominal power in the city, which means a very large composition in terms of installed capacity,” he said noting that project also included building identical wind farms on the islands of Sal (8 MW), Sao Vicente (6 MW) and Boavista (2.4 MW).

The wind farm that si due to be installed in Praia is co-funded by the Cape Verdean government, Electra, InfraCo, Finnfund, African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.

The overall cost of the wind turbines for the islands of Santiago, São Vicente, Sal and Boavista is around 63 million euros and will have a totalled installed capacity of 28 MW, which means a penetration of renewable energy in the national grid of over 25 percent.