According to João Baptista Borges, Angola hosts the first international conference on renewable energy

The Ministry of Energy and Water in partnership with Associação Lusófona de Energias Renováveis (ALER) and Associação Angolana de Energias Renováveis (ASAER), promote since the beginning of this Tuesday (05) of July 2022, at the Memorial Antônio Agostinho Neto, an International Conference on Renewable Energies, whose objective is to make known the latest developments and business opportunities in the field of renewable energy in the country. This conference brings together more than 300 participants from the public, private, national and international sectors, in virtual and face-to-face format.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, who referred to the great challenges of the sector, pointing out the rate of access to electricity to 50% by 2025, against the current 42.8% in a universe of 33 million inhabitants.

He also emphasized that the ongoing developments are related to the expansion of the flow capacity of this electrical production, with the interconnection of the Central and Southern regions and the Northern and Eastern regions, integrating at least 7 more provinces and continuing to expand the distribution network throughout the interior of the national territory.

João Baptista Borges stated that with these challenges, the State will save hundreds of millions of liters of fuel that are annually consumed in thermal plants. He continued, referring in the same way that more than a million new home connections are being made.

João Baptista Borges also made it known that the country intends to take significant steps in the use of the resources that we have in abundant form, which is the case of the sun.

He emphasized that Angola has a high potential solar resource, with an average annual global horizontal radiation between 1370 and 2100 KWh/m2/year.

He emphasized that based on these resources, the national strategy for renewable energy foresees the possibility of installing solar parks estimated at 55,000 MW, which is almost 10 times more than the entire production capacity installed in the country.

He concluded that this is the first conference to address this issue that we held in the country and certainly that the experience to be gained will move us to other experiences or initiatives so that we continue to rely on the collaboration of our partners in ASAER- Angolan Association of Renewable Energy, in addition to the representations of different countries that make up the ALER-Associação Lusófona nas Energias Renováveis, an entity which I am pleased to announce our membership.

Also following the event, the following panels were addressed:

The State of Play of Renewable Energy in Angola and Opportunity for the Future;

Institutional and Legal Framework;

National Energy Profile;

Renewable Energy Projects Connected to the Grid, among others.

The event was also attended by the Secretary of State for Energy, António Belsa da Costa, senior officials of the electricity subsector from MINEA, PRODEL, RNT, ENDE, IRSEA, World Bank, Sonangol, ENI, Total Energies, MCA, Berkely Energy, Biocom and guests, respectively.


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