PV System of the Messias Alves Beach Fishermen and Palaiês Association, São Tomé and Príncipe

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Location: Messias Alves Beach, Cantagalo district, São Tomé

Technology: 2 kWp solar photovoltaic capacity with battery storage
Promoter: General Directorate of Fisheries and Association of Fishermen and Palaiês on Messias Alves beach, financed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Investment and financing: USD 22,792 (€20,155) endorsed by means of subvention
Year of initial operation: July 2020


This project contributed to the improvement of the infrastructure and activity of the Fishermen's Association and Palaiês on Messias Alves beach, which now has a steady access to energy, promoting better marketing and management of fishing resources, but also new business opportunities and indirect benefits for other economic activities in this fishing community, such as the production of wooden boxes for selling fish, increased production of nets and bait, or the production and sale of ice. A direct benefit is generated for the Palaiês, but there is also a wider contribution to the empowerment of women in this community, through an increase in their income level.


This case study was published in the webinar “Reference Case Studies in Renewable Energies - São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde”, organised by ALER in partnership with the Directorate General for Natural Resources and Energy (DGRNE) from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Natural Resources (MIRN),  and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which took place on March 9, 2022.