Cuba to Expand Use of Renewable Energy Sources

Havana, Cuba, Nov 8 (acn) – Over fifty percent of Cuba’s energy bill goes to pay for water supply and this fact calls for a greater application of renewable energy sources, said the Chairman of the Cuban non-governmental Institution Cubasolar, Mr. Luis Bérriz.

The more we increase the use of renewable energy to replace traditional sources in this field, the further we will advance on the road to sustainable development, the expert said as cited by RHC.

CUBASOLAR is one of the institutions that attended in Havana the just concluded Third National Workshop on Technological Promotion, which discussed ways to reduce the nation’s dependency on fossil fuels while taking advantage of available alternative sources.

Cuba burns annually some eight eight million tons of oil, half of them imported, at a cost of some three billion dollars. This means, the expert said, that currently over 95 percent of Cuba’s electricity consumption depends on this contaminating source.

He insisted, however, that this Caribbean nation may take advantage of the Sun, the wind, biomass, sea tides and other much more noble energy sources that are readily available to Cuba and more tuned in to the possibilities of the economy and to the protection of the Environment.

The Cuban expert noted that even if initial investments might be expensive, its long term advantages are undeniable.

The just concluded workshop in Havana exhibited water pumps and purifying stations powered by solar energy, including windmills, solar panel farms and turbines installed in sea channels, which use marine currents to generate electricity.

In a visit to the workshop, the Cuban Science, Technology and the Environment Deputy Minister, Mrs. America Santos, urged the participants to continue promoting clean energy sources for the country’s and the world’s benefit.

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