Guatemala Authorizes 'Cuatro Chorros' Hydroelectric Plant

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) has given the company Generación Limpia ("Clean Generation") the go ahead for the construction of the hydroelectric power facility.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The 'Cuatro Chorros' ("four streams") project is to be carried out by Generación Limpia, part of the Spanish group, Unión Fenosa, and is located in Chicamán, Quiché, western Guatemala.

Lorena Álvarez, writing for, comments that, "the hydroelectric scheme will generate 36 megawatts (MW). The company has also obtained technical approval for three further projects: a El Volcán's 26 MW plant at Senahú, El Puente's 27 MW in Jocotán and El Naranjo's 30 MW in San Marcos".

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