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Julio Ramiro Lima Corzo, First Party Secretary in Villa Clara, toured the province’s second solar park. Photo: Freddy Pérez Cabrera

Quemado de Güines, Villa Clara.- The province’s second solar park recently came into operation in the town of Caguagua, as part of a national program being undertaken to replace fossil fuels and protect the environment, by increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
The facility, with a monthly generating capacity of 700 megawatt hours, features 8,800 panels and has an installed capacity of 2.2MW, representing an annual saving of 877 tons of fossil fuels. The plant is also helping to protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, by 2,700 tons a year, according to Orlando Fariñas García, Integrated Project Management director.
The five million peso investment project, which is expected to be recovered over the next eight years, is the second of its kind in Villa Clara following the installation of a similar park in Santa Clara in 2013, explained the expert, who also highlighted the quality of the work carried out by the project’s main investor, Manicaragua Hydro-Energy Basic Enterprise Unit.
This is the first of eight parks scheduled to be built in Villa Clara over the next three years as part of the 100 MW program, which aims to diversify the country’s energy system by increasing the use of renewable energy sources; with the construction of three parks in Corralillo, Santa Clara and Quemado de Güines, set to begin this year, noted Fariñas García.
The facilities scheduled to be built in the province will have a generating capacity of 50MW by 2030, when it is hoped that renewable energy sources will supply 24% of the country’s electricity, a figure which currently stands at a little over 4%.