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Sancti Spíritus province starts using solar photovoltaic power generation

The first photovoltaic park built in Sancti Spiritus province of central Cuba was synchronized to the National Grid.


25 de mayo de 2016 - Taken from Granma

In order to follow the policy of giving top priority to the use of renewable energy sources, and modifying the  generation matrix of the country under reasonable terms, the first photovoltaic park built in
Sancti Spiritus province of central Cuba was synchronized to the National Grid.

Located  in La Sierpe plains, almost in the outskirts of the municipal capital , this facility will  produce each year about 2 000 megawatt-hour (MWh), a relatively modest figure when compared to the
total demand of this territory, but representing in actual practice the average electricity consumed per month by some 105 houses in Cuba.

The new electric energy power source was built at a cost exceeding three million pesos —almost half of it invested in technical support — containing flat plate collectors with 10 photovoltaic panels each, using the most advanced technology available  worldwide.

Officials  of the Electrical Company in Sancti Spiritus stated that synchronization of this service makes possible to reduce distribution and transformation losses and, according to some initial estimates, it
represents saving 500 tons of fuel each year that will not be burned at the conventional power plants. As an additonal bonus, the use of the new solar park  diminishes the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by about 1 646 tons at a similar period.

To the economic and environmental already mentioned benefits, it must be added that the estimated lifetime of the solar panels involves a guarantee of at least 20 years of service, a fact that makes possible to recover the investment made several times during the life of the installation.


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