HAVANA, Dec 27 The Cuban government expects the first bioelectric plant that is built in the country with foreign investment to start operating in early 2020.The modern plant – which has been built since 2017 – is very close to the Ciro Redondo sugar power plant, in Ciego de Ávila, and has been built with financing granted by India.
The vice president of the entity, Carmen Taboada, explained to the official press that “with Chinese technology and executed by the mixed company BioPower, the bioelectric plant will generate 60 megawatts of electricity, 50 percent of the energy consumption of the Avilanian province.”
“The plant will produce clean energy with the use of sugarcane bagasse during the harvest period and during the rest of the year it will process marabou,” he said.
In January, the first-generation tests synchronized to the National Electroenergetic System will be carried out.
It is intended that the plant provide all the electricity needed by the plant for the production of sugar and the rest will contribute to the national network, which will save the country about 100 thousand barrels of oil per year, said the official.
The representative of Cubasolar in the territory, Ramón Acosta, declared that the work will have a great impact on the community because the bagasse that generates the sugar mill to the environment will be eliminated and the CO2 emission to the atmosphere will be substantially reduced.
The investment of the Ciro Redondo unit exceeds 180 million dollars.
The Government of Cuba has repeatedly reiterated its intention to increase the use of clean energy in the Caribbean archipelago to 24% of its electricity generation, with a view to the year 2030.
The Island, which enjoys high solar radiation throughout the year, has already installed 51 photovoltaic solar parks with a total capacity of 116 MW, while facilities of this type continue to be built throughout the national territory for another 65 MW.