Jennifer Runyon, Managing Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
November 20, 2012 | 14 Comments
Cuban Wind Farms Suffered No Damage From Sandy
Hurricane Sandy destroyed thousands of houses in the Eastern part of Cuba, mainly around Santiago de Cuba, the country's second largest city. The affected area, the province of Holguín, also happens to be home to two wind farms: Gibara I, a 5.1-MW power plant consisting of six 850-kW turbines that were installed in 2008; and Gibara II: a 4.5-MW plant that consists of six 750-kW machines that were installed in 2010 (see image).
Both wind farms were fully hit by hurricane Sandy, which brought wind speeds of up to 110 miles per hour. After initial inspections, the Cuban government announced at a meeting with the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) in Havana that neither one of the two wind farms suffered any major damage from by the hurricane and that they still provide electricity for the local grid.
Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General said that the hurricane was a good reminder of the vulnerability of our civilization to natural disasters. He said that since wind farms survived the 2010 tsunami in Japan and the 2012 hurricane in Cuba, “we should learn our lessons from this and accelerate as fast as possible the shift towards decentralized renewable energy such as wind power, all over the world."
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