11th International Cuba Solar Conference and Research Program

The 11th International CUBA SOLAR Conference and Research Program on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba
in Havana, Pinar del Rio & Varadero Beach

April 17 – 27, 2014


Rural schoolhouse with rooftop solar panels

"We need an example of what to do when the effects of Peak Oil really hit internationally. Cuba provides us with that. Cuba has already undergone an energy famine." — Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, from the documentary film "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"

Eco Cuba Network invites you to participate in this exciting April 2014 conference and research program! This is your chance to see Cuba's remarkable achievements for yourselves!

Once again, in 2014, we are offering this opportunity to study renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Cuba!   Eco Cuba Network has organized this research tour since 1996 and has developed a rich and powerful program, including the bi-annual Cuba Solar Conference

If your passion is renewable and efficient energy policy and practice, implemented on a nation-wide scale, and you are looking for possible models to follow, AND if you feel you have some innovative ideas to share with Cuban engineers and policy makers, we highly recommend that you join us!


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 Cuba Solar 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 research program in Cuba to learn about their renewable energy plans and projects.

Since that time, the pioneering NGO 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. (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 18 years, numerous new renewable energy departments, agencies, NGO's and organizations have been formed in 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 in the province of Pinar del Rio
  • Centro de Investigaciones de Energia Solar, the solar energy research center in Santiago de Cuba


CUBA SOLAR 2014 Sample Program

CUBA SOLAR webpage: 11th International Cuba Solar Conference, April 21 – 24, 2014

TOUR FEE:  $2700

Tour fee includes:

  • Round trip airfare Cancun to Havana
  • Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance
  • Double-room accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • Full daily program
  • Conference fee
  • Transportation to and from all programmed activities
  • Experienced delegation guide / translator
  • All program honoraria to all host speakers, organizations and communities
  • Educational material

Tour fee does not include:

  • One meal per day and snacks
  • Bottled water and other beverages
  • Optional cultural activities
  • Expenses of a personal nature


US delegation to Cuba Solar Conference, April 2012 in Santiago de Cuba

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 510-649-1052).

Travel arrangements for Eco Cuba Network are made by Global Exchange Reality Tours, 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.

* For any questions regarding program, logistics or fees for this Cuba program, please contact Pam Montanaro, US Coordinator of Eco Cuba Network at 510-649-1052 or pam@ecocubanetwork.net

* For comprehensive articles and videos on environmental and sustainability policies and programs in Cuba, check out our Cuba Environmental Resources page


To pay by credit card (there is a 5.5% fee for this service):

Global Exchange uses a service called AnyRoad, for this process. Go to the Global Exchange/ AnyRoad web page for the trip. Click the trip title to bring up the full page. Then click on "Book This Tour." After paying your $500 deposit, the registration for will appear.  Fill it out and submit it.  Exactly 45 days before departure, or March 14, your card will automatically be debited for the remaining amount.

To pay by check:

1.  Contact Pam Montanaro by email or telephone to gain access to the online registration form.  You will fill out the form and submit it. 

2.  Mail your $500 check to:
Global Exchange
Rebekah Olstad, Cuba Reality Tours
2017 Mission Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA  94110

3.  You will receive additional forms to fill out to complete registration; an Orientation Packet with the logistical and practical aspects of the tour; and a Cuba Reader.

4. Please email the additional forms, along with your Bio or Resume, to:  pam@ecocubanetwork.net and to rebekah@globalexchange.org or FAX them Attention: Rebekah, Cuba Reality Tours at 415-255-7498

We look forward to your inquiries and interest!


Eco Cuba Network is a project of Green Cities Fund.

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