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Cuba says it wants more wind power

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Cuba could be generating around 11.5 megawatts of wind power per year by the end of 2010, according to the Cuban Electric Union.

In total, Cuba is looking to bring its power generation up to 300 megawatts; that’s nearly the equivalent of what a major regional generating plant puts out, Radio Habana Cuba reported.

Bolstering wind power is part of the country’s “energy revolution” project, promoting alternative power sources that are under research and development on the island.

The director of the Cuban Electric Union’s Wind Engineering Group, Eduardo Sante Fernandez, said Cuba expects to generate more than 11.5 megawatts from wind power in 2008.

Cuba’s first wind farm was built in 1999 on the island of Turiguano as an experiment and has a generation capacity of 4.5 megawatts. There are now two other wind farms, one in Gibara, Holguin, that’s 5.1 megawatts and one on the Island of Youth that’s 1.65 megawatts.

The Cuban government is currently conducting a wind power feasibility study and has already created a map identifying the energy potential of wind across the island. There are 100-meter-high monitoring sensors spread out through 11 of the country’s provinces as well as coastal stations measuring winds off the east coast.

As part of the energy project, Cuba is also looking at other potential alternative energy sources like current and tidal power as well as the use of photovoltaic panels and biogas.


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