A Project Giving Costa Rica a Solar Powered Boost

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Costa Rica News – Solar energy looks set to grow tenfold in Costa Rica if a proposed 10.08 MW plant goes ahead. Last month a company called Desarrollo Solar Nacascolo asked for a public service concession to build the project in Guanacaste Province, in the northwest of the country.

A source at the Costa Rican Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos or ARESEP in Spanish) told Solarplaza that the concession had been given approval in principle.

If it goes ahead, the Guanacaste plant could be the first multi-megawatt-scale solar project in Costa Rica.

Despite the fact that Costa Rica gets almost 80% of its power from renewable sources, predominantly hydro, solar power’s share of the energy mix has been miniscule until now.

Figures from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad or ICE in Spanish) show just 1 MW installed in January this year, accounting for just 0.03% of generation capacity across the country.

The capacity is almost entirely attributable to a single plant, Miravalles, which was one of the largest solar projects in Central America when it went live in 2012.

Funded with a grant from Japan and built on the side of a volcano by Chinese manufacturer GeSolar … continue reading

Via:: Costa Rican Times