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Published 2 October 2018

Cuba aims to increase the use of clean energy in the country to 24 percent of its power generation by 2030.

Cuba is set to build a bioelectric plant, which will use waste from the country's sugar mills, and a 50-megawatt wind farm to provide power to the western province of Artemisa and the eastern city of Holguin, respectively.

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Cuban Minister of Energy and Mines Raul Garcia Barreiro, said Tuesday the bioelectric energy generation facilities would be installed on Nov. 30, with the other one set for construction later in 2018. 

García Barreiro, who is currently visiting India, held meetings with the interim Director General of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Upendra Tripathy, and executives of Indian companies who work with the renewable energy technology at the headquarters of the company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), in the capital of India.

The ISA which is holding its first general assembly in India during Oct. 2-5, was launched with France at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP21 in 2015 in Paris, to promote the use of solar energy. Cuba is a founding member country of the ISA. 

Over 40 countries have ratified the agreement and 68 countries have signed the framework of the alliance. The goal of ISA is to install 1,000 GW of solar energy by 2030 and mobilize US$100 billion in financing to achieve the target.

The Cuban delegation presented the progress made by the island in the implementation of its policy and prospective development. Cuba aims to increase the use of clean energy in the country to 24 percent of its power generation by 2030.

They also stressed the business opportunity for Indian companies, mainly in investments in bioelectric and solar photovoltaic, and wind farms in Cuba.

The ISA meeting which started Tuesday was opened by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres who is visiting India currently is also attending the general assembly of ISA.


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