Costa Rica Launches First Solar Powered Plant

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Authorities in Costa Rica have opened the country’s first large-scale solar power plants, built with a donation of $ 10 million Yens. President Laura Chinchilla and the director of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Teofilo de la Torre, inaugurated the solar park in Bagaces Miravalles, a small village in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

“Today we not only took another step in terms of increasing installed capacity to continue generating more electricity and meet our economy’s demands, but we also confirmed that our growth will continue to rely on renewable energy generation,”  said Chinchilla in the inaguration.

The solar park, which also received $ 1.5 million in funding from ICE, covers an area of 2.7 hectares and will generate 1.2 gigawatt hours per year, enough to give electricity to  600 homes. The plant is equipped with 4,300 solar panels 235 watts, 10 power conditioners, transformers and a control room, said ICE.

The Institute also operates another plant much smaller in in San Jose that has just 15 panels and is used to generate electricity for some ICE offices.