The International Conference on Renewable Energies, organized by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Energy of Cape Verde, was held last 22 and 23 November in Santiago Island, Cape Verde, and is part of the Program to Support the Renewable Energy Sector (PASER) , financed by Luxembourg Cooperation (LuxDev).
It was supported by the Cape Verde Chambers of Commerce, the Center for Renewable Energies and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In order to promote knowledge-sharing about the mechanisms and efforts to address the climate finance gap, and to present the conclusions from the implementation of projects in the community of the Small Island States, this high-level event targeted financial institutions, national and international organizations in the renewable energies sector and sustainable energies project promoters in the Small Island States.
During the Conference, the national director of Industry, Commerce and Energy, Rito Évora, announced that 500 electric cars will be acquire by 2020, along with the implementation of charging points for these vehicles throughout the country. Rito Évora affirms that it will be a gradual process, with incentive schemes for the purchase of electric cars, so that there is a compensation of the existing differential between the price of these cars and conventional cars. He also revealed that the Government will mobilize about 7 million dollars for this project. The first charger for electric vehicles, owned by CERMI was also presented.
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