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Solar Energy International Leads Renewable Energy Tour to Cuba

Posted by: april
January 7, 2011

By Laurie Guevara-Stone, Solar Energy International's International Program Director

Two thousand six was "The Year of the Energy Revolution" in Cuba. Government Ministries and NGOs developed a nationwide plan focused on energy efficiency and independence. The entire electrical system was upgraded, efficient appliances were distributed among the citizenry, and cadres of young social workers went from house to house in every community teaching energy efficient methods of home maintenance. Cuba became the first country in the world to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs.

During 2006 - 2007 Cuba saved close to one million tons of imported oil through these measures, and reduced their CO2 emissions by 5 million tons. 

It was exactly ten years earlier, in 1996 that Global Exchange and Solar Energy International made our first research tour to Cuba to learn about their renewable energy plans. Since then Cuba Solar has installed thousands of solar panels on rural schools and family doctor clinics, and maximized their use of the regions in Cuba where wind, water, biomass and biogas resources for energy production are available.

Join us on a renewable energy delegation to Cuba to learn about the amazing steps Cuba has taken in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Program Highlights:

  • City Tour of Havana and Old Havana with focus on projects in sustainable development
  • Site Visits to urban and rural renewable energy installations and energy efficiency projects
  • Meetings with engineers from CUBAENERGIA and CUBA SOLAR
  • Visit to PAEME, Cuba's vocational-technical high school for renewable energy training
  • Overnight visit to rural province
  • Small group meetings according to interest
  • Cultural activities

Cost: $2350

Price Includes:

  • round trip flight from Miami or Cancun to Havana
  • Cuban visa
  • Three star hotel accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • Workshop fee
  • Program guides
  • Site visits
  • In-country translation
  • In-country transportation
  • Program fees
  • Cuban visa
  • Price is based on double room accommodations; add $300 for single room
  • Price does NOT include airfare to/from Cancun or Miami, beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, personal expenditures, etc.

This delegation is co-organized by Eco Cuba Exchange (a program of Global Exchange Reality Tours) and Solar Energy International**

Eco Cuba Exchange is a program designed to promote environmental interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmentalists. Global Exchange Reality Tours has over 20 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life. For information on the travel logistics for the Cuba Solar delegation, see contact information below.

For more information on Eco Cuba Exchange and on the program for the Cuba Renewable Energy Research Tour, please contact:
Pamela Montanaro or call 510-649-1052.

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