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Cuba looks for new places to generate wind energy

CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba (ACN) — Wind prospecting research in the north of the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila has revealed two areas with conditions suitable for generating electricity from wind energy.

A specialist on renewable energy in the province, Adonis Perez Lorenzo, pointed out that the data obtained over two years from 50-meter high anemometric towers showed positive readings in places known as El Cuatro, in Chambas, and Tiriguano, in Moron.

Perez noted that the speed of the wind, in El Cuatro, beats six meters per second throughout the year, which is required for building windmills with capacity to generate up to two megawatts annually.

He added that, in a second stage, they will run tests in Cunagua and Florencia to scientifically confirm the predictions of the natural conditions in both places.

Perez affirmed that in 2010, the Turiguano wind park, with only one wind generator out of the twelve it possesses, contributed 296.7 megawatt/hour to the National Electric Grid (SEN), saving 81 tons of oil and saving the emission of 256 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The head of Energy, Science and Technology in Ciego de Avila, Rodolfo Valenzuela Garcia, mentioned that the hydroelectric station in Florencia also contributed 406 megawatt/hour to the SEN.

Valenzuela said that they are boosting the use of solar water heaters in hotels, and the use of photovoltaic panels in communities where it is currently impossible to invest in electric lines.

For years now, Cuba has developed strategies for boosting the use of solar, wind and biogas energy to obtain clean energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and its impact on the environment.


Source: Caribbean News Now



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