The Cárdenas 1 photovoltaic solar park, located in Matanzas city of the same name to generate 3.75 megawatt peak (MWp), was inaugurated on Thursday in a symbolic act representative of the four executed in Cuba with the credit of the Abu Dhabi Fund, in alliance with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The installation, synchronized to the National Electric Power System (SEN), has a total of eleven thousand panels to bring electricity to one thousand 295 homes of the also known as Flag City.With the commissioning of this solar park, compliance is fulfilled, as Liván Arronte Cruz, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, expressed to the policy of the Greater Island of the Antilles for the perspective development of renewable sources and efficient use of the Energy.
«Increase the percent utilization of renewable energies to 24; not increase dependence on the importation of fuel for generation; reduce the costs of electrical energy delivered to the SEN and environmental pollution.” In this sense, the management of IRENA through the Abu Dabhi Fund to transform energy matrices in developing countries, allowed the Electric Union to place the project of 10 MWp in photovoltaic parks. «As a result, the financing of 15 million dollars was approved for the construction of four solar photovoltaic parks in three provinces of the country, including Matanzas and Sancti Spíritus.»
The deputy minister said that the project perfectly covers the electricity demand at noon and the consumption of the provinces where the sites are located.
«With these first 10 MWp, 15 thousand MW / h are produced per year, equivalent to the electric consumption of six thousand 944 Cuban homes, an annual saving of 4 thousand 700 tons of oil will be reported and they will stop emitting into the atmosphere twelve thousand 700 tons of CO2 in the same period. »
A work of which Mr. Francesco la Camera, director general of IRENA, commented:
«All this shows that Cuba is capable of planning, building and implementing projects of this magnitude. And here we show that to face the effects of climate change, we must work on the development and extension of programs on renewable energy. »
Clean energy that, in the particular case of solar for Cuban territory, is very abundant. Keep in mind that in Cuba 5 kw / h fall in each square meter.
Mr. Francesco la Camera, general director of IRENA; Liván Arronte Cruz, vice minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mines; and the Hon. Mr. Bader Almatrooshi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Cuba .