VLS’s Institute for Energy and the Environment led a renewable energy study tour to Cuba in the fall 2017 semester. Sixteen students and faculty members learned about Cuban culture; how the legal system works in Cuba, with a focus on how foreign companies can do business there; and renewable energy law and policy.
With the support of Dr. Conrado Moreno and his students at the Universidad Technologica de la Habana and Professor Natacha Mesa Tejeda of the Universidad de la Habana Law School, as well as the Centro de Estudios Martianos, the group from VLS spent a week exploring Havana and western Cuba. They learned about solar technology and policy and enjoyed the view of Havana from the rooftop of the home of the president of the NGO Cubasolar, and examined biogas and solar energy systems on farms outside the city. Planning is underway for a return trip in 2018.