Solar radiation levels in Cuba make it the ideal place to develop this kind of renewable energy. Photo: Martínez Arias, Rafael

As part of strategic efforts to increase the use of renewable energy on the island, today there are currently 34 solar parks supplying power to Cuba’s national electricity system, which should be generating about 90 Megawatts of power before the end of the year.
This, according to Daniel Stolik PhD, senior professor at the University of Havana’s Institute of Materials Science (IMRE) and prominent researcher with over 30 years experience in the field, speaking to Granma International.
The country receives about 1,800 kilovolts per square meter of solar radiation every year, making it possible to gradually exploit and expand the use of this renewable source of energy, noted the academic.
The Seventh Cuba Photovoltaic Workshop 2017 was recently held, during which debates focused on the development of solar energy; production of panels by a Pinar del Río-based factory; sector challenges; measuring solar radiation via satellite; and the work of the University of Havana’s Photovoltaic Laboratory.
Up until 2012, solar energy in Cuba generated less than three Megawatts of power and was concentrated in around 9,000 small systems in health clinics, rural schools, homes and TV rooms, located in remote areas cut off from the National Power Grid.
Having renewable energy sources supply 24% of power to the national electricity system by 2030 is a priority for the country, as outlined in the guiding documents from the Seventh Party Congress.
Renewable energy is has seen a significant increase in foreign investment and features among prioritized projects in the country’s Portfolio of Foreign Investment Opportunities.