Cuba relies on renewable energy sources

Havana, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba relies on developing renewable energy sources (RES), such as wind, photovoltaic, and biogas, to address the electricity generation shortages caused by the lack of fuel.

This was stated by the President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel during a recent interview with the Franco-Spanish journalist and writer Ignacio Ramonet.

The president announced that Cuba signed a series of agreements with other countries that will enable it to produce more than two thousand megawatts in less than two years, to obtain more than 20 percent clean energy sources before 2030.

Díaz-Canel explained that part of the photovoltaic parks in the country will store up energy, therefore, they will be used in the evening hours, thus reducing fuel consumption. Thanks to the RES, more fuel will be dedicated to the economy, especially to food production, agriculture, and productive processes “which are very limited because most of the hydrocarbons are used for electricity generation,” he stressed.

The president pointed out that Cuba also seeks foreign investments to allow the country to strengthen, update, and improve the processing of national crude oil in its refineries and contribute to solving the energy issue, which has been greatly affected by the tightening of the United States blockade.

Diaz-Canel recognized that the deepening of the blockade and the inclusion of Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism made the daily life of the population particularly difficult in recent years.

“We are a country that has suffered the limitations and adversities imposed on us by the blockade for more than 60 years; an illegal, unjust, anachronistic blockade as a policy and loaded, above all, with an arrogant perspective of the United States Government,” he stated, and stressed that despite the escalation of the US policy, Cuba “has never sat idly by” and has developed its capacity for resilience.

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