Renewable Energy in Porto Novo's Desalination Plant, Cape Verde

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Location: Porto Novo, Santo Antao

Technology: 55 kWp of solar PV capacity

Promoter: Águas de Porto Novo – a public-private partnership of the Government of Cape Verde, Municipality of Porto Novo and Águas de Ponta Preta

Investment/Financing: 60% bank loan / 30% grant (96,000 USD) / 10% Águas de Porto Novo own funds

Year of initial operation: 2021


The installed solar power plant generates a reduction in the operational costs of the Porto Novo Power Station, with a natural reflection on the cost of producing drinking water, which has been reduced by around 5%, thus promoting wider and equal access to drinking water for around 10,000 people. residents of the city of Porto Novo, with an impact on their health and well-being.


These case studies were presented 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 9th.