Cuba holds renewable energy workshop

A view of three of the four wind turbines on, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photo. Walter Michot – Miami Herald

The Cuban government and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are holding a workshop in Havana that seeks to expand the role of renewable energy on the island.

With support from Germany’s International Climate Initiative, the workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between Cuban technicians and international operators, according to reports.

Cuban Minister of Energy Alfredo López Valdés spoke at the event about Cuba’s “political will” to “keep the fight against climate change.”

“This is reflected in the national policy approved in June 2014 for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” López Valdés said.

Cuba has a total generating capacity of almost 6 gigawatts, among which only 4 percent is renewable.
Renewable energy sources like wind and solar power can reduce the island’s dependency on fossil fuels. Cuba is seeking to invest $3.5 billion in renewable energy and aims to generate about 24 percent of its power from those sources by 2030.

“Most island states are largely dependent on imported fossil fuels for the majority of their energy needs and thus vulnerable to volatile global fuel prices and high fuel transport cost,” said IRENA’s director, Adnan Z. Amin.

In Cuba Today
August 26, 2016

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