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Electricity for the first time in Costa Rica's indigenous territories

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Published on Thursday, February 22, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Electricity Institute (ICE) provides electricity service for the first time in Dú Túj and Curá indigenous territories, located in Buenos Aires Canton, Puntarenas Province.

In Dú Túj, the infrastructure required 1.2 miles of electrical wires, 15 concrete poles and five electric power transformers to provide power in 39 houses.

Additionally, 4 miles of electrical cables, concrete poles, and electric power transformers have been installed in Curá to power 50 homes.

The project in both communities was budgeted more than $479,000 which was covered by ICE, the Rural Development Institute and the National Emergencies Commission.

According to the Public Services Regulatory Authority, (Aresep), Costa Rica's power grid covers 99.5% of the national territory.

The facility of electricity in this town is one of the most recent infrastructure improvements in rural zones. Last month, ICE announced its plans to supply electrical power for the first time to around 238 communities in rural areas of the country.

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