Like most isolated villages, Monte Trigo, on the island of Santo Antão, has long lived with restricted access to electricity: five hours a day thanks to a fuel oil-powered generator. But in 2012, the town council managed to acquire funding from the European Union to help it to pay for 210 solar panels which have been installed in the form of a pergola over the school playground. Two men have been trained and hired to monitor the installation. With this everything changed: refrigerators appeared in homes, computers with a very limited access to the internet were installed in the school and a few private homes.
And in this spot at the end of the earth, where the only horizon is the sea, the fisherman have been able to buy an ice-making machine: the holy grail that enables them to conserve their fish. Several times, the sun disappeared. But the people had been warned, and reduced their consumption. And the batteries, which were designed to last three days, held out for five in the end.