HAVANA, CUBA.- The Commission on Industry, Construction and Energy of the Cuban Parliament today evaluated as positive results in the implementation of the policy for the prospective development of renewable energy sources and their efficient use in the country.

In the presence of the Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, the deputy Alfredo López Valdés, Minister of Energy and Mines, announced that the timetable drawn up for the policy of the use of renewable energy sources in Cuba was met.

Regarding the generation of electricity through biogas, he said that in the country there are already 3,243 biodigesters in operation, almost half of those estimated to be necessary.

Regarding bioelectric energy, he explained that in 25 plants there is capacity to generate 872 megawatts, and work is being done on the preparation and negotiation of 11 bioelectric installations, of which four are state-owned and seven are joint ventures.

On biomass, he said that by 2030 Cuba is expected to generate 30 thousand gigawatt / hour a year, while regarding wind energy, he said they plan to install a capacity of 656 megawatt in 14 parks, three of them through bank loans and 11 with direct foreign investment.

With regard to photovoltaic solar energy, he said, the country is preparing to install more than 700 megawatts, 403 of them through direct foreign investment and the rest through bank loans.

As it was evident, in the projects for the coming year and until 2030, the modalities of foreign investment and joint ventures have a high importance in the development of this sector in Cuba.

At the proposal of the deputy Isbel Guilarte and by agreement of those present, the report will recognize the workers of the Electric Union, for their timely and responsible response to the needs and effects on users, as happened during the recent passage of Hurricane Irma.

Another point reflected by the delegates was the need to develop renewable energy in the local production of construction materials.

The Committee on Industry, Construction and Energy will meet today and tomorrow, with the responsibility of assisting the National Assembly and the State Council in auditing the ministries that comprise it, as well as the Institutes of Hydraulic Resources and Physical Planning, among other aspects.