Cabeólica, Cape Verde
Leading the way in wind-powered energy security
Small islands are often heavily dependent on expensive imported fuel to generate electricity. The public-private partnership of Cabeólica in Cape Verde off the West Coast of Africa has harnessed the country’s plentiful winds to help reduce diesel imports and increase energy security. In the company’s first year of commercial operation, 25.5 MW of wind farms have generated over a fifth of the electricity used across the four main islands – reaching more than 30 percent on two islands.
Investing in wind power is also helping stall the brain drain: Cabeólica is staffed entirely by Cape Verdeans, some of whom returned from overseas to take up professional jobs with the company.