Director of Emergency Generation and Renewable Sources, Aleisly Valdes announced that Cuba plans to install 280 MW of wind energy,saying that eight parks will be functional by 2020, two located in the center of the island, Ciego de Avila and Villa Clara, respectively, while the other six are located in the eastern region, divided three in the town of Banes, Holguín province, two in Las Tunas and one in Camaguey.
Not specifying the total amount of investment, Valdes said it would be recovered in less than 10 years, especially by the more than 200,000 tons of fuel per year in electricity savings over conventional technologies.
It will also help avoid the emission of 184,000 tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
Today, Cuba has four active wind farms, with French, Chinese and Spanish technology, located in Holguín, Ciego de Avila and Isla de la Juventud, which together provide 11.70 MW to the National Power Grid.
According to Valdés, the operation of these four parks showed weaknesses that hamper its energy efficiency, availability, technical and operational reliability, which increases maintenance and operation. According to researchers from the Engineering and Projects Company for Electricity (INEL), potentially the use of wind in Cuba reaches 1,200 MW.
The island has more than 26,000 different centers using renewable sources, which provide about 600 GW, about 20 percent of the energy generated in the country.