RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CUBA
Study tour and professional exchange
April 29 – May 10, 2020
Havana, Santa Clara, and Cayo Coco (Ciego de Avila)
including the XIV International Cubasolar Conference
Tour leader: Laurie Stone, Rocky Mountain Institute
1.6 MW PV Farm in Camaguey, Cuba
"We need an example of what to do when the effects of Peak Oil really hit internationally. Cuba provides us with that as Cuba has already undergone an energy famine."
— Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute
Eco Cuba Network and Laurie Stone invite you, again this year, to participate in an exciting and visionary conference and extended educational program in Cuba – an opportunity to see Cuba's remarkable renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for yourself!
If your passion is renewable and efficient energy policy and practice implemented on a nationwide scale, if you are looking for possible models to follow, and if you feel you have some innovative ideas to share with Cuban engineers and policymakers, we highly recommend that you join us!
Eco Cuba Network has organized this Cuba tour since 1996. We have developed deep and ongoing relationships with our Cuban counterparts and a rich and powerful program, always including the biannual CubaSolar Conference.
- Meetings with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and energy professionals
- Site visits to sustainable energy installations and sustainable agriculture sites
- CUBASOLAR 2020 Program being prepared
- CUBASOLAR 2018 Sample Program
Topics covered in the Cubasolar conference (May 4–8):
- Food sovereignty and renewable energy sources
- Water supply and renewable energy sources
- Tourism and renewable energy sources
- Energy sovereignty, environment, and sustainable local development
- Energy education and creating a sustainable energy culture
- Cuba Found to Be the Most Sustainably Developed Country in the World, 2020
- Cuban Hurricane Preparedness and Solar Panels, 2017
- This Cuban Province Is on Its Way to 100 Percent Renewable Power, 2015
- For more information on the development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and related matters in Cuba during the last 20 + years, please read the articles of your tour leader Laurie Stone, foremost US expert on Cuba's renewable energy policy and practice, on our ECN resources page.
2006 was "The Year of the Energy Revolution" in Cuba. Government Ministries and agencies like CubaEnergía as well as Cuban NGOs like the award-winning Cubasolar developed a nationwide plan focused on energy efficiency and independence.
- The entire electrical system was upgraded.
- Efficient appliances were distributed among the citizenry, including energy efficient refrigerators!
- 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 Eco Cuba Network organized our first Cuba tour to learn about their plans and projects in renewable energy. Since that time, the pioneering NGO Cubasolar 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.
(Of course in Cuba, solar energy is almost always available everywhere, a situation that inspired Italian renewable energy expert Enrico Turrini to extol "the love affair that exists between Cuba and the sun!") In the last 20 years, numerous new renewable energy departments, agencies, NGO's and organizations have been formed throughout Cuba:
- CubaEnergia, a department within CITMA, the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment
- PAEME, the Ministry of Education's Program for Energy Conservation
- Pedagogical University Enrique Jose Varona, a vocational-technical school with a renewable energy/energy efficient curriculum
- Similar schools throughout rural areas of eastern Cuba
- PV Factory
- Centro de Investigaciones de Energia Solar, the solar energy research center in Santiago de Cuba
- Double-room accommodations*
- Three meals per day, most days**
- Full daily program
- Conference fee
- Roundtrip Airfare Miami to Havana
- Round trip transportaion Havana to Cayo Coco
- Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance
- Airport exit taxes
- VIP group check in service in Miami, Havana
- Transportation to and from all programmed activities
- Experienced delegation guide / translator
- All program honoraria to host speakers, organizations and communities
- Preparatory educational materials
* Single room supplement $450
** There are usually two or three days when participants wish to explore some meal options on their own
Fee does not include:
- Airfare from your home city to Miami
- Extra meals and snacks
- Bottled water and other beverages
- Tips for Cuban guides
- Optional cultural activities
- Expenses of a personal nature
US delegation to Cubasolar Conference, April 2012 in Santiago de Cuba
To register for the trip, please complete the application form below and scan/email it, along with a copy of your passport, to Pam Montanaro at email@example.com
CUBA SOLAR 2020 Program being prepared
On page 4 of the form, Certification to Travel to Cuba, please check off option 2, "Professional meetings in Cuba."
If you prefer, you may call in your credit card account number to Pam at 510-318-4910, but you must still fill out and sign the Credit Card Authorization page on the form (simply leaving the line for the cc number blank. A deposit of $500 is due upon registration.
Application forms will be processed in the order in which they are received. Participants are encouraged to submit their forms as soon as possible to ensure participation.
Cuba travel for Eco Cuba Network tours, including the flight, visa and required Cuban health insurance, is arranged by Marazul Charters, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider with a half century of experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.
We must receive your application and a non-refundable deposit of $500 by two months before departure, preferably upon registration. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Full payment is due 4 – 6 weeks before departure.
Participants should also allow at least $50 – $100 per day for personal expenses and non-covered items, the flight to Miami from your home city, and one overnight stay in Miami the night before departure for Cuba.
For any questions regarding the program, logistics for this Cuba program and and more information on the practical and logistical aspects of the tour, please contact Pam Montanaro, US Coordinator of Eco Cuba Network at 510-318-4910 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eco Cuba Network (ECN), a project of the Green Cities Fund, promotes environmental interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmentalists in the areas of Renewable Energy, Organic Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Natural and Traditional Medicine, and Sustainable Development policy and practice. Contact: Pam Montanaro (or call 510-318-4910).
Travel arrangements for Eco Cuba Network are made by Marazul Charters, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider with over 20 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.
* Laurie Stone, tour leader, is the Senior Writer/Editor for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). She has over 20 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. Prior to joining RMI, Laurie was the International Program Manager for Solar Energy International (SEI), where she organized renewable energy trainings around the world. She also has extensive experience working on and documenting renewable energy projects throughout Latin America. Laurie has been participating in and leading renewable energy trips to Cuba since 1996 and has written extensively on Cuba's energy policy and practice.
Eco Cuba Network is a project of Green Cities Fund.