The province of Namibe, in the extreme southwest of Angola, will have its first 25 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic power to generate electricity by the end of the year, João Baptista Borges informed. In the locality of Caraculo, the execution of the work is progressing, which in December will have the assembly of its first phase ready, said the project director, Rui Bastos, to the press. According to João Baptista Borges, 46 thousand solar panels are already stored in the territory, while the works for the anchorage of the structures are being carried out. With the commissioning of the installation, they hope to reduce the use of fossil fuels for energy production by means of thermoelectric plants and, consequently, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, said Angop. Solenova, a joint venture between Italy’s ENI (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi) and Angolan oil company Sonangol, is in charge of the investment, designed for a total capacity of 50 MW, in two stages of execution. At the inauguration of the country’s first two solar parks, in Baía Farta and Biópio, President João Lourenço announced in July that new ventures in the sector could total some US$ 7 billion over the next few years, with the involvement of transnational companies. The Biópio plant, in the province of Benguela (west), is considered the largest in sub-Saharan Africa: it occupies an area of 360 hectares, has an installed capacity of 188 MW and has 509,000 solar panels. The Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, indicated that the objective, until 2025, is to raise to 72 percent the participation of renewable sources in the national energy matrix.