Solar Energy International,
Solar Energy International (SEI)
January 30, 2012
Cuba Once again, in 2012, Solar Energy International and Global Exchange are offering an amazing opportunity to study renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and programs in Cuba. The research tour, April 19-29, 2012, involves policy meetings and installation site visits in Havana City, Pinar del Rio and Santiago de Cuba, as well as the CUBA SOLAR conference in Santiago de Cuba.
"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"
Solar Energy International has developed a very rich and power-packed program in both western and eastern Cuba. In 2006, called "The Year of the Energy Revolution" in Cuba, government ministries and NGOs such as the award-winning Cuba Solar developed a nationwide plan focused on energy efficiency and independence.
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 10 years earlier, in 1996, that Global Exchange and Solar Energy International joined forces to organize our first research tour to 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 15 years, numerous new renewable energy departments, agencies, NGOs and organizations have been formed in Cuba:
Eco Cuba Exchange, a project of Global Exchange, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-649-1052.
Solar Energy International (SEI) is a US non-profit organization whose mission is to help others use renewable energy and environmental building technologies through education. SEI teaches individuals from all walks of life how to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems, and how to design and build efficient, sustainable homes. SEI offers trainings online and in 22 locations around the world. Contact: email@example.com or call 970-963-8855.
Global Exchange Reality Tours, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider, 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 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Cuba delegation, please contact Pam Montanaro, Coordinator of Eco Cuba Exchange at 510-649-1052 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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