July 5, 2012
Yusmaikel Portales cleans the solar panel on the roof of his grandfather’s home June 18 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. The Caribbean island is proud of its success in using alternative energy to bring electricity to isolated hamlets. But scientists say the island, blessed with year-round sunshine and sea breezes but plagued with chronic energy shortages, could be doing much more on the national level.
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The sleepy country setting that farmer Juan Alonso calls home hasn’t changed much since he was born 74 years ago, with the two rustic wooden houses nestled among palm trees against a backdrop of green hills and clear skies.
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