Implementation of a PV rural micro grid in the island of Santo Antão (Cape Verde) with an individual energy allowance scheme for demand control


Matteo Briganti et al. - TTA



Main Geographic Focus: 

ECOWAS Country


Cape Verde

RE&EE Category Taxonomy: 

  • Decentralized Photovoltaic Systems
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Mini-Grid Systems

File Tag: 

  • Project info


Presented at the 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. Frankfurt (Germany), September 2012
In February 2 012, entered into service Cape Verde’s first rural micro grid with 100% renewable energy generation. This project was carried out within the framework of the “Energy Facility” ACP-EU program. Permanent electricity access had been strongly requested by the local stakeholders and community of the village to cover basic energy needs such as lighting, communication, community services and ice production for fish conservation.
The objective of the project was the electrification of the village of Monte Trigo (600 people) in Santo Antão Island, with a Multiuser Solar micro-Grid (MSG).
The project was implemented in 2 011, and is currently in the post commissioning follow-up period. A key aspect of the project has been to ensure the long-term sustainability of the electricity service. In addition to the description of the plant and the operation and management scheme, this article underlines the importance of the Energy Daily Allowance (EDA) concept from social, technical and economic perspectives. In conclusion the article intends to highlight the validity of both the technical solution and management model.
Keywords: Rural electrification, Energy Daily Allowance, Dispenser Meter. 


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