Cuba and Germany to Work Together in Renewable Energy

Interest in promoting investment and cooperation in renewable energy in Cuba is growing, said Sigmar Gabriel, Deputy Foreign Minister (FM) and Federal Minister of the Economy and Energy of Germany during his recent visit to Cuba.

Cuba, with high dependence on fossil fuels to produce electricity, seeks to reverse its energy matrix with the support of programs aimed at encouraging alternative sources that do not cause environmental damage. Deputy Minister Gabriel, accompanied by a representation of entrepreneurs on Friday, met with Alfredo Lopez, Cuban Minister of Energy and Mines, to discuss issues such as the development of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Cuba and the experiences of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The ministers mused over strategies to increase renewables generation that include the construction of wind and photovoltaic parks, as well as capacity building of power generation by way of small hydroelectric and bioelectrical plants, and the use of sugarcane biomass, as well as programs aimed at energy efficiency. Importantly, Deputy Minister Gabriel chaired a business forum in which more than 50 members of the business community participated, including representatives from German consortiums and small-and-medium enterprises.

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