First stage of hydro plant finished

The 50-year-old Planta Hidroeléctrica Río Macho has two new generators, and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad will be showing off stage one of the $122 million project with a ceremony Friday.

The plant is in the Valle de Orosi, Paraíso de Cartago. It is a poster child of clean energy, which is why high government officials will be there. The project is being financed by the Interamerican Development Bank.

The project will increase the plant’s output by 20 megawatts to 140, said the institute. That’s enough for 228,000 families, it said. The initial stage with the two new generators has increased output by six megawatts, said the firm known as ICE.

The Río Macho is a branch of the Río Reventazón.

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