Acres of solar energy array in Guanacaste going into service

Grupo ICE photo
Row and rows of solar collectors make up the plant.

The country’s largest solar electric generating plant will be inaugurated Thursday at the site in Fortuna de Bagaces, Guanacaste. This location is on the slope of the Volcán Miravalles where there already are three geothermal generating plants.

This is the first large-scale solar plant in Costa Rica, although a smaller one is in operation near the headquarters of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad in Sabana Norte.

The one megawatt plant can provide electricity for at least 600 homes, said the company known as ICE. The project contains 2.7 hectares (about 6.7 acres) holding 4,300 collector panels.  Because of the size, the project is known as the  Parque Solar Miravalles.

The construction of the plant had help from the government of Japan, which donated  $9 million.

The government company said that the object of the plant is to generate power without producing effects that would contribute to global warming.

In addition to commercial sites, ICE has a program of small-scale solar generating for customers who are far from the electrical distribution network.

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