The Minister of Energy and Water, João Borges, announced the construction next year, the first wind and solar energy in the province of Namibe, with a capacity of 20 megawatts in the first phase. The wind power company Vestas, the largest wind turbine manufacturer, is present in Angola since a few months ago.
João Borges, who spoke yesterday during the New Year greetings to employees, said the goal in the future is to increase the capacity of renewable energy project to 100 megawatts.
For next year, also announced a strategy for renewable energy development, to allow access of the rural population to renewable energy and electrification.
The Minister of Energy and Water stressed that one of the challenges that the sector is driving the creation of conditions for renewable energy become a reality in the country.
The minister acknowledged that the electricity supply is still “well below the need,” noting that the average coverage rate across the country is below 50 percent.
The Executive Branch, since 2008, developing a program of expansion and rehabilitation of the electricity sector, and rehabilitation extends to 2013. “We have achieved important results in the recovery of energy generation in different infrastructures destroyed during the war,” he said.
João Borges said the program was recently approved to build a 450 MW thermal capacity, so that next year will reduce the deficit that occurs in the country.
Also for 2012, announced the improvement of power supply with the installation of 495 MW to supply the provinces of Luanda, Cabinda, Huambo, Benguela, Kuando Kubango, Cunene, Huila and Lunda Norte.