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Wed Jun 29, 2016, 03:55 AM

Cuba promotes wind power with Chinese turbines to protect environment

Cuba promotes wind power with Chinese turbines to protect environment

Xinhua • June 22, 2016

GIBARA, Cuba — Some 500 years after ocean winds swept Christopher Columbus’ ships into Gibara Bay, in Cuba’s eastern province of Holguin, officials are harnessing those same sea breezes to generate electricity.

The historic town of Gibara, where the famed explorer set foot during his first voyage to Cuba, is home to two wind farms that are part of a far-sighted government program to promote sustainable energy and reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The first wind farm, built by Spanish firm Gamesa, opened in 2008 with six 850 kW-wind-turbines, or a total installed capacity of 5.1MW.

Each megawatt is equal to the energy produced by 10 automobile engines, or put another way, one megawatt hour (MWh) is enough to run 330 homes for an hour.

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