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Cuba breaks ground on 60-MW biomass plant

Sugarcane field. Author: Jenny Mealing. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

April 28 (Renewables Now) - Cuba broke ground on a 60-MW biomass plant, the official newspaper for the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (Granma) announced on Thursday.

The Ciro Redondo plant, as it is named, will use sucargane bagasse as its primary fuel. It will be developed with foreign investment from China and the UK. The project requires more than USD 186 million (EUR 170.4m).

Planned for the 2019-2020 sugar harvest, Ciro Redondo is part of a government programme aiming to add 755 MW of renewable energy through the development of 22 bioelectrics plants throughout the country, according to Barbara Hernandez Martinez, head of the Government Group of Renewable Sources of Energy.

Currently, 4% of Cuba's electricity comes from renewable sources and the country is targeting a 24% share by 2030, of which 14% should come from sugarcane biomass, Granma noted.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.916)

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