September 22, 2007

Wind Power & Solar Power In Portugal

Portugal, which is forced to import over 80% of its energy needs is pressing ahead with large-scale alternative energy projects.

Wind turbines

Image © Jean Kugler

Portugal has given the go-ahead for a number of large-scale wind and solar power projects over the last year. With an Atlantic coastline of over 500 miles and abundant sunshine Portugal is well-suited to harnessing the power of the sun and wind.

Portugal is also developing a wave power plant off the coast at Povoa de Varzim. Wave power could supply Portugal with around 20 percent of its annual electricity needs, according to recent studies.