Cuba opened its first solar farm with 14,000 panels that doubled the country’s capacity to harvest energy from the sun back in November 2013.
The project is just one of seven farms in the works as leaders are being forced to consider renewables amid failed attempts at drilling for oil off its coast. Cuba relies heavily on oil imports.
The park is located 190 miles east of Havana in the central province of Cienfuegos.
Prior to the addition of the solar farm to Cuba’s power grid, there were already about 9,000 panels in place in Cuba, only for small, isolated usage such as powering rural villages, schools and hospitals.
So far the solar farm generates enough electricity to power 780 homes, and it will hit a peak capacity of 2.6 megawatts when the final panels are in place in September.
President Raul Castro issued a decree in December creating seven working groups to set a 15-year plan to develop alternative energy, including solar, wind and biomass.