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Use of Renewable Energy is Crucial for Cuba’s Development

Cubans continue to consider zones with high wind potential in the country to expand the use of this renewable energy source with new equipment, according to the National Statistics and Information Office (ONEI).

According to the Office, the island has thus far set up 15 598 wind energy equipment, mostly wind turbines and solar heaters, out of which 86.9 percent are in operations.

Nearly all 5 883 active wind turbines are basically replacing diesel or power-based water pumps, the Office explains and recalls that at present three wind farms are operating in the country, which are hooked to the national power system.

The Isle of Youth special municipality, south of the main island, central Ciego de Avila and Holguin provinces are hosting the tree wind farms, while territories like central Villa Clara, western Pinar del Rio, and eastern Camaguey and Granma provinces have nearly 300 inactive wind turbines.

The Cuban wind energy strategy pursues the setting up of new equipment and the exploitation of  those currently inactive.

The total power output from renewable energy sources in 2011 represented 21.6 percent of the country’s total energy generation, which translated into a 4.0 percent increase with respect to the previous year, given the use of biomass and hydroelectric plants.

Experts insist that in the face of increasing prices of fossil fuels and their announced exhaustion in the near future, turning to renewable energy sources is crucial.

The use of solar energy, hydro-energy and biomass (particularly produced from sugar cane wastes) provides huge potential in tune with the energy program implemented by the Cuban revolution for efficient use and saving of energy, local specialists agree.

In Cuba the exploitation of renewable energy sources is still small if compared to the use of fossil fuels. The transformation of this reality was considered a strategic goal by the 6th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party, and it is a priority on the agenda of state institutions since it is an issue at the center of interest of Cuban society.

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