Santa Clara, Aug 16 – Cuba inaugurated a 5,200 solar panel farm in the central city of Santa Clara this week, the second such facility installed on the island this year, local reports said Thursday.
According to officials, the farm in Santa Clara, 280 kilometers east of Havana, will be able to supply some 750 homes daily with a generating capacity of 962 KW once it is fully operating. It will also spare the country 380 tons of crude annually.
Another 14,100-panel, Cuban-built solar farm was inaugurated in April in the south-central region of Cienfuegos and so far has saved the island some 145 tons of fossil fuel, avoided the emission of 380 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and produced electricity equivalent to the daily consumption of 780 households.
According to official projections, five more solar farms are to begin operating in the coming months in the provinces of La Habana, Guantanamo, Camagüey, Santiago de Cuba and Isla de la Juventud.
A total of 4 percent of Cuba’s electricity comes from renewable sources.
The Caribbean nation only had some 9,000 photovoltaic panels until 2013, most of which were used to supply electricity to schools and hospitals in rural areas.