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Cuba Expected to Increase Generation of Renewable Electricity by Late 2011

Renewable energy generation is likely to expand this year in Cuba following the beginning of exploitation of the Gibara II Wind Farm, the second one of its type developed in the eastern province of Holguin.

Gibara II, which has the same name as the municipality where it is located, is the second one set up in the area. The first one, Gibara I, started operating three years ago.

According to a study presented Friday by the president of the Cuban Parliament’s permanent commission on Energy and Environment, Hector Amigo Carcases said the expected increase on renewable energy generation also relies on the sugar industry’s plans for the contribution of electricity to the National Electric System.

Carases said Cuba has a potential to generate 8,403 megawatts of clean renewable electricity; however, the country’s current capacity is just 500, which equals 6.8 percent.

By 2015, the island’s renewable electricity generating capacity could grow to 8.3 percent of its potential. To achieve the goal the country needs financing by means of credits, as well as introducing new technologies, with Cuban participation, and establishing a regulatory framework.

The study presented to the commission’s members recommends stepping up the elaboration of the national guidelines for the use of renewable energy generating sources, among which Cuba already exploits photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and solar water heaters.

The largest generator of renewable electricity in Cuba is the hydroelectric plant located in the Hanabanilla reservoir, in the central province of Cienfuegos.



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