A 10 MW solar PV project has today been inaugurated in Cuba.

The grid-connected plant received $15m funding from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development under its project facility with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and is expected to deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 7000 homes.

The project is also a step towards the Cuban government’s national objective to reduce its use of fossil fuel generation and increase its share renewables to 24 per cent by 2030.

IRENA director-general Francesco La Camera said the opening of the plant “marks an important moment for Cuba and the Cuban people. Renewable energy supports energy security, creates jobs and contributes to emission reductions. This 10 MW project sets Cuba on a positive pathway to meeting these objectives and demonstrates that through strategic cooperation we can inject momentum into the energy transition.”

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of the ADFD, said: “We are confident that the impact from this renewable energy venture will ensure widespread economic, environmental and social benefits to the Cuban people.”