September 30, 2016
By: Adam Withnall / independent.co.uk
Cape Verde: The African country that plans to run on 100% renewable energy by 2020
The island nation's energy minister says its goals are perfectly achievable - and won't just help Cape Verdeans
The island nation of Cape Verde has pledged to power the entire country with nothing but renewable energy by the year 2020, and vowed to help other African states work towards the same goal in future.
With almost no mineral resources of its own and little arable farmland, the outcrop in the middle of the Atlantic ocean relies on expensive imports for almost all the needs of its 550,000 population.
But there are two things it does have in abundance: sun and wind.
In 2010, the Cape Verde government released a study setting out the benefits of investing heavily in solar power plants and wind turbines, suggesting short term targets of 25 per cent renewable energy by the end of 2011 and 50 per cent by 2020.
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