12th Cuba Solar Research Tour and Conference

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in CUBA/
Eleventh International CUBA SOLAR Conference
Havana and Pinar del Rio province

April 17 – 27, 2014

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"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 research delegation and conference!  The tour will be led by Laurie Guevara-Stone, our foremost US expert on Cuba's renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and practice.

This is your chance to see Cuba's remarkable achievements for yourselves

Eco Cuba Network, in partnership with Laurie Guevara-Stone, have organized this research tour since 1996.  We have developed a rich and power-packed program, including the bi-annual Cuba Solar Conference.  If your passion is renewable and efficient energy policy and practice implemented nation-wide, and you are looking for examples of models to follow, we highly recommend that you explore what Cuba has to offer! 

History:

2006 was "The Year of the Energy Revolution" in Cuba. Government Ministries and 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 Global Exchange and Laurie Guevara Stone, now of the Rocky Mountain Institute,  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, 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

  • Volodia Educational Center, Vocational-technical school with a solar energy laboratory and an excellent curriculum in renewable energy and energy efficiency technology

  • Similar schools throughout rural areas of eastern Cuba

  • PV Factory in the province of Pinar del Rio and in Artemsia province, outside Havana
  • CIES, the Center for Solar Energy Research in Santiago de Cuba

Program Highlights:

  • City tour of Havana and Old Havana to sites of environmental, historical and cultural interest.
  • Meetings with engineers, policy makers and business persons from CUBAENERGIA, CUBA SOLAR and ECOSOL
  • Visit to Cuba's urban and rural vocational-technical schools for renewable energy training
  • Overnight visit to rural Pinar del Rio province and the internationally recognized Sierra de los Rosarios Biosphere Reserve
  • Visit a PV manufacturing plant and biogas facility in Pinar del Rio
  • CUBA SOLAR Conference on Varadero Beach
  • Small group meetings according to interest
  • Cultural activities 

Program Fee:  $2700 (for inclusions, see Global Exchange link below on the How to Register webpage).

Sample Program

Eco Cuba Network, a project of 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@ecocubanetwork.netor call 510-649-1052.

Global Exchange Reality Tours, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider, has over 25  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, see contact information below.

1.  For programmatic and logistical information on this research tour.

2.  For comprehensive articles and videos on environmental policies and programs in Cuba.

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

How to Register:

1.  Fill out the online registration form on the Global Exchange web page:
  (Key in the tour code: 2014.4.6). 

2.  Call in your $500 deposit to Rebekah Olstad, Cuba Customized Tour Director at Global Exchange at 415-575-5528.

3.  Email us your CV or resume, to:  pam@ecocubanetwork.net and to rebekah@globalexchange.org

3.  We will email you the remaining documents you need to complete registration. 

4.  FAX:  Attention Rebekah, Cuba Reality Tours at 415-255-7498.

We hope it works out for you to join us!