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Chinese manufacturer to supply 34 wind turbines


In what is the by far biggest wind power deal so far for Cuba, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. will supply 34 wind turbines with a total capacity of 51 megawatts to Cuba, the company announced in a press release.


The Xinjiang-based turbine maker did not disclose the terms of the contract. The agreement includes delivery, transportation of Chinese and Cuban technicians, installation, and maintenance under a two-year warranty.


The sale of the turbines, to Unión Eléctrica (UNE) via Energoimport, is Goldwind’s second to Cuba. The company sold six 750-kw units to Cuba in 2009 for an expansion of the Gibara wind park.


In its first wind parks at Gibara and on the Isle of Youth, Cuba first used Spanish and French technology, respectively.


The Goldwind deal comes amid a renewed push by Cuba for wind, solar and biomass projects, and three weeks after a German renewable-energy industry delegation visited the island. The Cuban government is also trying to attract renewable-energy companies to the new export manufacturing zone around the Port of Mariel.


UNE will install the 34 1.5 mw, direct-drive,  permanent-magnet wind generators at Herradura on the northern coast of Las Tunas province, with completion expected by June 2015. Goldwind customized the units to adapt to the specific wind speeds and climatic conditions at Herradura.



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