In 2016, Cuba sets ambitious renewables target

September, 2016

The Cuban government has outlined plans to vastly increase renewable power generation in the country in an attempt to reduce its dependence on energy imports. Earlier this year, these plans were outlined at IJGlobal and New Energy Events’ inaugural Cuba Energy & Infrastructure Summit in Havana.

Now that trade embargoes imposed by the US are beginning to be loosened, the government is keen to attract foreign investment.  The government wants to produce 24% of Cuba’s power generation from renewable sources by 2030. The main source of renewables in the country at present is biomass from sugar cane, with 57 sugar mills producing 490MW of power. The target is to increase this to 755MW.

The plans also involve increasing wind power generation and solar photovoltaic.  New hydro, biogas and forest biomass plants are also being planned.

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