Cuba could generate more than 8400 MW from renewables, a rise from just 500 MW at present, concludes a study presented by Hector Amigo Carcases, president of the Cuban Parliament’s Permanent Commission on Energy and Environment.

Wind power and biofuel from the sugar industry could provide a major boost to Cuba’s renewable electricity capacity, said Carcases.

The study recommends formulating strong national guidelines for exploiting renewable energy generating sources, which currently include photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and solar water heaters.

Cuba’s renewable electricity generating capacity could and should increase dramatically by 2015, said Carcases. But Cuba needs to set up financing by means of credits, to introduce new technologies with Cuban participation, and to establish a positive regulatory framework, he added.

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