Photovoltaic solar park in central Cuba about to start operations

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, May 4 (acn) The first photovoltaic solar park installed in the province of Sancti Spiritus, as part of a national program aimed at using renewable sources for electricity generation and distribution is on its completion phase.Misael Rodriguez, chief investment officer of Sancti Spiritus Electric Company, told ACN that the work -which is scheduled to conclude at the end of the month- has 525 solar panel modules, which will allow saving 0, 25 gigawatts-hour (GWh) a year.

Rodriguez said the park, built in the place known as La Sierpe Vieja, in the municipality of La Sierpe, covers an area of 2.5 hectares and will enable to economize the energy consumed monthly by 105 houses, when considering 200 kilowatt-hours per month as provincial average consumption per residence.

He noted that 1 646 tons of carbon dioxide will stop being sent into the atmosphere each year after the operation of the park, and added that in the future it is expected its incorporation into the Cuban Energy Grid.

The executive said that the entry into service of this facility will reduce also the loss of 1.06 GWh per year for distribution and processing concepts in the area, which means the country will save approximately 35 000 Cuban pesos (CUP).

On the relevance of this type of work, he stressed that these solar panels are warranted for at least 20 years, a long period of life that will facilitate the recovery of the investment, valued at more than one million CUP.

The Sur del Jíbaro Agro-industrial Grains Company, which is historically considered the second largest producer of rice in Cuba, is also located in this area, so that was one of the causes that have influenced the placement of the park in this region.

It is intended to build another similar facility in the area of Venegas, in the municipality of Yaguajay, which would add to the efforts of the nation to increase the use of renewable energies.

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