Cuba to Open Solar Power Plant


HAVANA TIMES — This year Cuba will have its first solar photovoltaic power plant, said Mario Alberto Arrastia, a specialist with the Cubaenergia company, speaking to the Juventud Rebelde newspaper on Wednesday.

In an attempt to break with the traditional fossil fuels based approach, the plant will produce 1,500 megawatts (MW) of energy, to which another 10 plants will be added in 2013, commented Arrastia, who is also a member of the Cubasolar group.

In addition, hopes are that hydropower will produce 100 MW in the coming years, while in 2013 the construction of a 50 MW wind farm will begin in the eastern province of Las Tunas, which will add to the three existing facilities in the country.

Similarly, by 2020 the installation of bio-thermoelectric generating units in sugar refineries is expected to prevent the emission of three million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

According to reports, Cuba intends to integrate renewable energy technologies and the passive use of solar power into all buildings that permit this, although this will require the upgrading of the electrical grid and the use of technology to store this type of energy, said Arrastia.


One thought on “Cuba to Open Solar Power Plant

  • August 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Do cubanos really want to wreck small rivers with more hydro-electric dams? the delhi solar panel policy. just rent space for solar panels and buy the electricity. any, or every house should have 1. the best solar panels are made in china. the company is owned by a chinese-australian.

    Adelaide, austrai,a has a solar bus. no diesel. sodium nickel chloride batteries made in suiza. solar panels made in china. if you can’t get spare parts for the american engines in the chinese bendy buses that is one way of several to solve the pare parts problem. as american engines are replaced, the remaining can be cannibalised.


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