Danish clean energy firm helps island to run on 70 percent green power

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Danish clean energy firm helps island to run on 70 percent green power
Photo: HowardScott

A Danish clean energy company and its technical partners have financed and installed renewable energy technologies providing 70 percent of the power on the Azores island of Graciosa.


Green energy penetration on the North Atlantic island will mean diesel savings of two million euros per year, says HowardScott, the company behind the project.

The installations consist of a multi-megawatt wind park, a solar park and a battery energy storage system – making Graciosa the most intelligent energy island on the planet.

And a new project on the island, which has a population of 4,780, could see its energy become greener still.

“The island needs its own grid because it is so far from the mainland. We have a new project [for Graciosa] – we want to bring battery-run cars to the island and run them from the grid. The island would then be 100 percent green,” HowardScott communications chief Sarah Dubord-Gagnon told The Local.

The installations consist of a 4.5 MW wind park, a 1MW solar park and a 3.2MWh/6.0MW battery energy storage system. Photo: HowardScott

The Copenhagen-based company provides clean energy solutions from data analytics to implementation of clean energy technologies, financing and maintenance.

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It was approached by representatives from the Portuguese island with a view to developing green energy there, but also wants to work with companies in industries such as tourism, retail and sport that have ambitions to become CO2 neutral, Dubord-Gagnon said.

The company, which has released a promotional video shot on Graciosa, says it is possible, affordable and commercially viable to use renewable energy. 

“Through years of research and experience in the market we came to the conclusion that what makes it possible for industry to switch to clean energy is a global solution. There are several great technologies out there but to get results, improve operational efficiency and generate energy savings, industries need a global solution architecture and integration through an appropriate energy management system,” Scott Macaw, head of business development at HowardScott, said in a press release. 

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