The power utility of the Cuban province of Sancti Spíritus, Empresa Eléctrica (EE), announced that work has begun on the first MW-sized PV plant of the region.
According to official government-run international broadcasting station Radio Havana Cuba, the plant will have a capacity of 4.4 MW and will be connected to the local grid Sistema Electroenergético Nacional (SEN). An unspecified Chinese technology is being utilized to build the plant, the radio station said.
EE also announced that the province of Sancti Spíritus is planning to host 63 MW of PV capacity by 2019, without providing further details.
Cuba reached an installed PV power of approximately 22 MW at the end of 2015. For 2016, another 25 MW was expected to be installed in the country. Most PV installations connected to the grid in Cuba range in size from 1 MW to 3 MW.
In Cuba there’s also a PV module factory with a capacity of 15 MW, which provides the modules for the national market.
Cuba is targeting to install 700 MW of solar in order to diversify its energy mix. At the end of 2014, fossil fuels covered around 98% of the country’s power demand, according to Cubaenergía. At the time, solar and wind combined had a capacity of 21.7 MW and covered 0.35% of power demand.