Cuban hospital benefits from renewable energy use

Cuban hospital benefits from renewable energy use

Cuban hospital benefits from renewable energy use

Cuba, Mar 27 – The Juan Bruno Zayas General Hospital benefits from the installation of the largest photovoltaic rooftop park in the country, which has saved diesel consumption with an impact on the protection of the environment.

Félix Cardonne Fong, chief engineer of the brigade of the Copextel Company in charge of this work, explained details of the system of injection to network formed by 384 panels with a total power of 96 kilowatt (kW), which occupies an extension of 600 square meters on the roofs of the cistern and the laundry of the care center.

Since its installation at the end of October, and even with its dismantling in the face of the threat of Hurricane Matthew, the system has produced 55 megawatts, for a saving of 14 tons (t) of fuel.

The engineer said that there are currently another 15 kw peak and have the same amount to place in April, which will reach 183 megawatt a year, save 55 t of fuel and will avoid emitting 207 t of CO2.

Humberto López, chief of maintenance of the hospital, stressed that this technology, by capturing solar energy for approximately five hours a day, guarantees the total consumption of 14 rooms and laundry that favors the nearly 700 patients.

The project is part of the Environmental Sustainability Project in the Cuban East, with the collaboration of the Cuban Society for the Promotion of Renewable Sources of Energy and Environmental Respect (Cubasolar) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

Mariano Gómez Rivera, specialist of this project, said that in the first phase of this project they installed 14 sanitary water heaters.

We have also succeeded in making Santiago de Cuba the province where the most solar energy is generated by projects such as the Ocujal del Turquino area in the municipality of Guamá and in the town of Santa María del Loreto in Songo-La Maya, which benefit social facilities and families, he said.

These actions are part of the country’s effort to increase the share of clean energy in electricity generation from a current four percent to 24 percent by 2030.(acn)

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