Martifer Solar has inaugurated a solar photovoltaic (PV) park with the generating capacity of 2.5MW in Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde.

This is the first of two solar parks contracted with the Government of Cape Verde in January 2010.

The installation occupies an area of 9.75 hectares, with the possibility of a 2.5MW expansion capacity until 2014.

The PV panels, which are used by the solar pack, were produced at the company’s plant in Oliveira de Frades, Portugal.

The second park, which will be inaugurated in November, is located in Ilha de Santiago and will have 5MW peak power capacity.

The two parks will ensure the production of 4% of the total electricity produced in the archipelago and will avoid the emission of 13 thousand tons of CO2 per year, the company said.