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Costa Rica boosts solar power generation

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Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

Costa Rica's Electricity Institute (ICE) announced the hiring of five private companies to improve solar energy generation.

According to ICE, employing the businesses Cover Energy, Solar Generation Sur, Los Tecales, Energova, Inversiones Sunfly, and Inversiones CM Solen would cost more than $8.4 million to generate around 86 megawatts.

Authorities anticipate that these enterprises will begin generating and distributing power in 2026.

The green energy produced by these power plants would be supplied to communities in the cantons of Carrillo, Abangares, Nandayure, Caņas, and Liberia in Guanacaste Province.

The institute's president, Marco Acuņa, stated that they are committed to increasing power generation from clean sources to satisfy rising demand. "The country needs to attract investment, and we must do everything possible to maintain the country's image of renewable energy."

The 99.25% of electricity generated in the country is from natural renewable sources according to the ICE.

Since 2014, Costa Rica generated its electricity with clean resources such as water, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar.

However, el Niņo-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) caused drought and increased demand for power, putting the country in danger of power outages last week.

Recently, for the first time power was turned on in indigenous territory in Puntarenas Province.

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