New technology in support of Cuba's energy transformation
As Cuba is strengthening its engagement with IRENA - the Agency that has been supporting Cuban renewable energy deployment since 2013 – more innovative projects are being implemented in the largest Caribbean island. The latest one is a solar PV plant in the rural community of Venegas, part of Yaguajay’s municipality.
The new solar power plant deploys the Italian technology of pile-driving which allows the positioning of piles with laser precision: the results are increased reliability and optimized productivity. Compared to the previously used technique of drilling, the pile-driving is an innovative time-saving method that significantly reduces the installation time to about three months only, by avoiding major civil works.
We are proud to have brought this new technology to Cuba by supplying all the machines necessary to implement it and to have trained the local manpower in order to guarantee a safe installation process.
Once finalized, the photovoltaic plant in Venegas – which is part of a larger, state-owned 10-megawatt solar PV project in Cuba co-funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) – will have a physical capacity of 1,25 megawatt: it will strengthen the national electric system, decrease the production costs in the region by reducing the energy loss from producer to consumers and – more generally – it will contribute to obtaining a cleaner energy in the country by avoiding 1.600 tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions*.
*Source: Escambray – Periódico de Sancti Spíritus