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Lack of investment leaves potential of 55 gigawatts of untapped solar energy in the country

The country has a potential of 55 gigawatts of solar energy still to be explored, revealed the Secretary of State for Energy, António Belsa da Costa. According to him, although Angola has this capacity, the exploitation of this energy is stopped due to the lack of private national and foreign investment.

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According to the responsible, who spoke this Monday in the webinar on "Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth", the country has an installed capacity, in terms of thermal and hydroelectric energy, of 5.5 gigawatts (3.1 gigawatts refers to hydroelectric energy and 2.4 gigawatts to thermal).

Besides solar energy still to be explored, the Secretary of State for Energy highlighted Angola's capacity to explore another type of renewable energy: hydro. He indicated that three dams (Cambambe, Capanda and Lauca) are already being built on the Kwanza River, of the seven previously thought.

In his speech, António Belsa da Costa, quoted by Angop, indicated that the country's energy is mostly renewable and that the bet continues to focus on this type of energy.

For this reinforcement in the sector, António Belsa da Costa indicated that the Ministry of Energy and Water has an action plan in course to be developed until 2022.

He pointed out that seven hydroelectric plants with capacity to generate five megawatts of energy (used to cover the most isolated areas of Angola) have already been installed, and pointed out that the action plan is part of a package of national and foreign private investment initiatives.

The authority also intends to move forward with the installation of one million prepaid meters, so that companies no longer charge for estimated energy consumption. "Most customers are charged for estimates, which has caused some resistance from consumers in fulfilling their obligations," he said.

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