Renewable Energy: $500 million for New Plants

The Congress of Costa Rica has finally approved a $500 million loan for the state electricity company to carry out electric generation and transmission works, including three geothermal plants.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Of the total amount of the loan with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved by the Legislative Assembly, close to $200 million will be used to finance the Pailas II, 50 MW, and Borinquen I, 55 MW geothermal projects, both in Liberia, Guanacaste. 

Nacion.com reports that "... In addition, the money will be used for an optimization system for the Miravalles III plant, for the updating of the national hydro-meteorological network, for the reinforcement of transmission lines in Guanacaste and for renovation of the country's distribution network."

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

"... The other $300 million from the IDB will go to the Borinquen II geothermal project, also in Liberia with 55 megawatts, the modernization of the Arenal hydroelectric plant and transmission and distribution works to strengthen the national electricity system."

The bill of this loan had been stalled in the Legislative Assembly since 2015.

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The Costa Rican Congress decided not to approve a $500 million loan that the state run power company wants to take out with the IDB to finance geothermal power generation projects in the country.

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The financing agreement between the IDB and the government provides funds to complete the geothermal plants Pailas II and Borinquen I and II of 55 MW each, and other electrical infrastructure.  

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