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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba

April 02, 2011 – April 10, 2011

“We need an example of what to do when the effects of Peak Oil really hit internationally. Cuba provides us with that. Cuba has already undergone an energy famine.” — Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute From the documentary film “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”

2006 was “The Year of the Energy Revolution” in Cuba. Government Ministries and NGOs like the award-winning Cuba Solar developed a nationwide plan focused on energy efficiency and independence.

  • The entire electrical system was upgraded
  • Efficient appliances were distributed among the citizenry
  • Cadres of young social workers went from house to house in every community teaching energy efficient methods of home maintenance
  • Cuba became the first country in the world to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs.

During 2006 – 2007 Cuba saved close to one million tons of imported oil through these measures, and reduced their CO2 emissions by 5 million tons.

It was exactly ten years earlier, in 1996 that Global Exchange and Solar Energy International joined forces to organize our first research tour to Cuba to learn about their renewable energy plans and projects.

Since that time, the pioneering NGO Cuba Solar has installed thousands of solar panels on rural schools and family doctor clinics, and maximized their use of the regions in Cuba where wind, water, biomass and biogas resources for energy production are available.

In the last 15 years, numerous new renewable energy departments, agencies, NGO’s and organizations have been formed in Cuba:

  • CubaEnergia, a department within CITMA, the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment
  • PAEME, the Ministry of Education’s Program for Energy Conservation
  • Pedagogical University Enrique Jose Varona, a vocational-technical school with a renewable energy/energy efficient curriculum
  • Volodia Educational Center, Vocational-technical school for adults and children with special needs that has an excellent curriculum in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology
  • Similar schools throughout rural areas of eastern Cuba.
  • PV Factory in the province of Pinar del Rio.

Eco Cuba Exchange and Solar Energy International again invite renewable energy professionals and active lay enthusiasts to participate in this exciting April 2011 delegation!This is your chance to see Cuba’s remarkable achievements in this crucial field for yourselves!

Eco Cuba Exchange is a program designed to promote environmental interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmentalists. Check out our Eco Cuba Exchange Delegations for additional environmental tours during 2010 – 2011.

Pam Montanaro
or call 510-649-1052.

Solar Energy International (SEI) is a US non-profit organization whose mission is to help others use renewable energy and environmental building technologies through education. SEI teaches individuals from all walks of life how to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems, and how to design and build efficient, sustainable homes. SEI offers trainings online and in 22 locations around the world.
Laurie Stone

or call 970-963-8855.

Global Exchange Reality Tours, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider, has over 20 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and “people to people” delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life. For information on the travel logistics for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cubadelegation, see contact information below.

Program Highlights:

  • City Tour of Havana and Old Havana with focus on projects in sustainable development
  • Site Visits to urban and rural renewable energy installations and energy efficiency projects
  • Meetings with engineers from CUBAENERGIA and CUBA SOLAR
  • Visit to PAEME, Cuba’s vocational-technical high school for renewable energy training
  • Overnight visit to rural province
  • Small group meetings according to interest
  • Cultural activities
  • Renewable Energy in Cuba Itinerary

Cost: $2375

Price Includes:

  • Round trip flight from Miami or Cancun to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Three star hotel accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • Program guides
  • Site visits
  • In-country translation
  • In-country transportation
  • Program fees
  • Price is based on double room accommodations; add $300 for single room
  • Price does NOT include airfare to/from Cancun, beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, personal expenditures, etc.

How to Register:

To register, please send in your application form and a deposit of $400. Your deposit is non-refundable once we have purchased your round trip tickets from Cancun to Havana, unless, for some reason, Global Exchange must cancel the tour, in which case, your deposit is fully refundable. Your full payment is due 45 days before departure. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome.

This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low income applicants.

We strongly recommend travel insurance for all international travel!

Please read our
Important Travel Guidelines and Cancellation Policy

Cuba Research Delegation Application Forms
are available here.
You may contact:
PAM MONTANARO, Coordinator

with any questions about this research tour and symposium.


Make your reservation online now!

Contact Drea with any questions about this trip, or call toll-free 1-800-497-1994 ext. 211.

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