325 MW will be added to the country’s power supply once the power plants being implemented in various parts of the country become functional.
The new energy will be managed by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the National Power and Light Company (CNFL) and private companies, who have focused primarily on wind energy projects.
‘The Toro III Plant’, ‘Balsa Inferior’, and ‘Cubujuqui’ are three projects to be launched by the ICE and CNFL, the first two having investments of $150 million and $110 million respectively.
According to an article in Nación.com, "added to this energy collection is the 15.3 MW Central Valley Wind Power Plant. This is a project initiated by the CNFL in the highlands of Santa Ana, south of San Jose. The wind farm, comprising of 17 towers (wind turbines) with an installed capacity of 950 kilowatts each, will bring electricity to some 5,700 families.
In Guanacaste another wind farm is being built, also under the BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) method, which will start generating power within two years. "
Twelve hydroelectric plants and seven wind parks are scheduled to start operations in the next three years, having capacity to generate up to 800 MW.
Of the 19 projects spread across the country, 15 will be implemented by private producers and cooperatives. The largest project, the Reventazón hydroelectric dam, with a capacity to generate 307 MW and supply 525,000 homes, is being developed by the state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). This entity is also carrying out the expansion of the Cachi and Rio Macho dams with an approximate generation of 20 MW and 53 MW, respectively.
Building work has begun for the first wind farm in the country's "Central Valley" near Santa Ana, west of the capital, San Jose.
The wind farm is expected to become operational in August 2012, according to the national power supplier (CNFL in Spanish), a subsidiary of ICE, the state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider.
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In late 2005, AES began developing the Changuinola hydro power project and currently the project is in the phase of building the roadways to access that facility. The formal cornerstone laying ceremony took place on October 25, 2007.
The project's total completion represents an investment of approximately $563 million and the estimated date for the Changuinola hydro power plant to go into commercial operation is the first quarter of 2011. Through this new facility, AES contributes to the country's development and helps face the growing demand of energy in Panama, which requires an additional 50 MW each year.
The construction of the new Changuinola I Hydro Power Plant:
* is an asset to Panama
* will generate clean and 100% Panamanian energy
* will create opportunities for previously excluded populations
* will contribute to solve the country's energy situation
* will help Panama to continue growing
The construction and operation of the hydro power plant will be under the responsibility of AES, a multinational energy corporation with world-class standards and an active presence in Panama.
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