The Cuban government is planning to develop programmes over the next year to promote the greater use of renewable energy resources as part of a wider policy aimed cutting its dependence on expensive oil, Xinhua press agency reports.

Projects include the construction of two biomass plants, with a capacity of 20 MW and 30 MW respectively.

The Cuban authorities are aiming to triple the amount of electricity generated from bagasse produced by its sugar cane industry, which highlights the potential of this source.

The government also plans to promote the construction of solar power plants in the country, with a capacity of 10 MW.

The increase in capacity demand was mirrored by the power demand, which rose 5.6 per cent to 10 TWh, compared to November 2011.

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