Cape Verde eyes 50% wind energy by 2020

Four onshore wind farm plantss in Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, would go on line in January 2012, European Investment Bank (EIB) VP Plutarchos Sakellaris revealed on Friday.

The 32 wind turbines wind power project would generate over 28 MW of electricity and ease Cape Verde’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The government of Cape Verde wants to raise the share of wind energy production to 25% by 2012, and eventually to 50% by 2020.

The EIB has invested €45-million in the wind farm project, which also received funding from the African Development Bank.