Little Leverage of Solar Energy

As of February 2018, Costa Rica had an installed solar capacity of 27 MW, which is equivalent to only 0.76% of the equipment interconnected in the National Electric System.

Monday, April 9, 2018

According to a study carried out by the Costa Rican Solar Energy Association (Acesolar), whose final results will be published next month, Costa Rica is lagging behind in the use of solar energy, even compared to other Central American countries.  

See "Central America: $1.2 billion in energy projects"

In relation to the preliminary results of the study, Nacion.com reports that " ... The analysis warns of a lag in Costa Rica regarding the contribution of solar energy because, while in Costa Rica it is 0.34%, in Germany it is around 6.2%, in Italy 7.2%, in Guatemala 1.8 %, in the USA 1.4% and in Honduras 10%."

See also "Central America: Which Country Has the Most Expensive Energy?"

Regarding the sources of solar energy in the country, the article details that in the country " ...The solar plants that exist are Miravalles (1 MW), which belongs to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE); Juanilama (5 MW) of Coopeguanacaste, there are another 6 MW in the ICE's distributed generation pilot plan and another 15 MW in photovoltaic projects installed in residences, businesses and industries."

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