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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Costa Rica to Offer Cleaner, Cheaper Energy through Private Wind Farms and Hydrolytic Plants

It is no secret that in Costa Rica during the dry season (December through April) there has been a past history of energy shortages do to the majority (95%) of the countries energy coming from wind and hydroelectric sources. Well the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has finally made an effort to solve this issue with the hope of lowering the prices of electricity during the countries dry season.


"ICE announced in late February  2013 that they will be granting permission to six private companies to generate electricity in Costa Rica through Wind Farms and Hydroelectric projects."


In 2012, 28 companies placed bids on the on the contract and out of those public bids the 6 six were chosen to develop four wind farms and two hydroelectric projects. Predictions are that these six projects will be able to generate up to 137 megawatts of electricity which would be enough to power 225,000 homes.


In Tilaran alone there are already five power plants powered by wind turbines, with only one of the five being owned by ICE and the others being owned and operated by private businessmen. The Tilaran area itself is the site of what ICE hopes to be a large expansion of the "Tilawind wind farm" since the environmental impact study has already been completed and approved.


The hope is that this major step forward for ICE will help reduce the use of oil-generated energy, reduce cost and bring Costa Rica one step closer to being the world first true carbon neutral country. This is just one more step in the ever expanding boom in infrastructure that Costa Rica has been undertaking over the last 5 years.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:59 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli


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