ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Brava is a small and rural island of the archipelago of Cape Verde, with about 6000 inhabitants where consumption is predominantly domestic, and relatively small, representing only 0.8 % of the consumption of the archipelago.
Given the dimension of the island and the generation costs, Brava was a perfect case study for 100% renewable system.
The main goal of the project “Brava 100% Renewable Island Feasibility Study” was to perform the technical and economic feasibility study to implement a 100% renewable system on the island of Brava, taking into account the solar and wind resources.
The “Brava 100% Renewable Island Feasibility Study” includes: wind and solar measurement campaigns on the Renewable Energy Development Zones (ZDER) defined in the project “Renewable Energies Master Plan for Cape Verde”, in order to determine the potential electric production resulting from the renewable sources; a demand growth study on the island taking into account various indicators (socioeconomic, electrification rate, etc.), to determine the future consumption needs; determination of the optimal generation mix in order to obtain a system with the lowest cost of energy and that ensures the continuity of supply; and finally the determination of the characteristics and specifications of the equipment to be installed in order to prepare the tender specifications of the adopted solution.