The engineering services company COPEXTEL started selling electrical equipment and solar panels in Cuban pesos using official exchange market rate of one dollar for 120 pesoswhich means that the selling prices are out of reach for the majority of the population.
The official reporter Lazaro Manuel Alonso He shared photos of the items on his Facebook profile, and said “many of them” were far from what his salary would pay for, but he was relieved to compare them to their street costs.
“They were entered solar lights, photovoltaic panel kits with battery backup and grid injection, rechargeable fans, batteries for tricycles, solar mobile phone chargersetc,” he listed.
In a television report, Yamilet Hernández Fernández, president of Copextel SA Corporation, acknowledged that the prices are not accessible to everyone, but said that it is “an alternative in the Cuban market.”
In the pictures you can see the solar panel systems worth more than half a million pesos, specifically, 515,546 pesos.
On his part, the general manager of Copextel’s Ecosol division, Clauder Castillo Cortéscommented that the offer is focused on energy efficiency and at the same time on renewable energy, “with photovoltaic panels, cells, LED lighting system…”
The reporter announced the upcoming commercialization of Fans with solar panels have the capacity to store electricity for up to eight hours.
“They can be very well received because they come with their photovoltaic cells, when there is no electricity to charge them during the day. ” added Castillo. Cuts.
Last year the company received criticism for marketing Solar panels do not have backup batteries, so they only work when there is sun.
Copextel sold each kwp (four panels) for 55,000 pesos, with the added inconvenience that when the blackout occurred, it said that the solar energy systems were disconnected and did not deliver energy to the National Electric System grid.
However, an official from the Electrical Union of Havana told the official press that with this equipment “the customer has, at least for the day, sovereignty of the electricity service.”