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Photovoltaic Farm in Guáimaro Contributes to Fuel Saving


The Guáimaro-based Photovoltaic Farm, some 80 km east of the city of Camagüey, has saved nearly 500 metric ton of fuel in generating electricity since its synchronization to Cuba’s national power grid (SEN) in December, 2013.


According to Adolys Núñez Braza, director of the Unidad Empresarial de Base Hidroenergía based in Granma province which operates this photovoltaic solar panel installation, such amount of fuel would be necessary to generate the same quantity (1,733.51 mW/h) this farm has generated since its foundation.

Núñez Braza described the outcomes of this solar farm as positive for it not only means a significant savings in foreign exchange -when the average price of an oil barrel reaches $100- but also it does not emit poisonous gases.

Thanks to this solar farm, approximately 1,389 metric tons of carbon dioxide has not been saved from emitting into the atmosphere. This photovoltaic farm was one of the first of its kind built in the island nation; it comprises 8,600 panels and generates seven megaWatt each day, said Núñez Braza.  


For his part, Yonis León -investments specialists at Camagüey Electricity Company- said that aside from the contribution this solar farm does in obtaining environmentally-friendly energy, it is worth to mention other 289 solar panels located in schools, video viewing rooms and other facilities of economic importance in remote places of the province.  


During a meeting held in Camagüey focusing on the alternative sources of energy, CUBASOLAR head Luis Bérriz praised the country’s high potential for generating electricity from solar radiation.


Luis Bérriz explained that taking into consideration the level of these radiations and the surface of the archipelago, the country could get 1,800 more energy than necessary.  


Among the criteria specialists should take into account to set up these photovoltaic farms in Cuba, firstly they have chose an area with low agricultural importance and secondly they should be near communities where power consumption is high. (AIN/Radio Cadena Agramonte).



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