Guanacaste Produces the Energy of the Future

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Humans consume enormous amounts of energy each day. Electricity has become as important as the air we breathe, but how many times do we stop to think about what is behind the power switch, or the environmental impact that it generates?

According to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE- Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad), during the first three months of 2016, electricity generation with renewable sources for consumption nationwide reached 97.14%.

Costa Rica aims to be a carbon neutral country by 2021. Due to its geographical diversity, the province of Guanacaste is a key area to achieving this goal because it has several sources of renewable energy production since 27% of the national electricity matrix is produced among its plains, mountains, rivers and volcanoes, and not just hydroelectric but also geothermal (volcanic), eolian (wind), solar and biomass (organic matter) energy.

During the first quarter of 2016, electricity generation of the National Electrical System (SEN- Sistema Eléctrico Nacional) corresponded to 65.62% of energy from water, 15.60% from wind, 13.70% geothermal (ground), 2.20% from biomass and 0.02% solar energy.

The renewable energy revolution advocates saying goodbye to fossil fuels, which have racked up a large bill for planet Earth. Fossil fuels currently serve as a backup for SEN and are the last source used to produce electricity.

That is why The Voice of Guanacaste wanted to learn about what clean energy alternatives are produced in the province, visiting the Miravalles Solar Plant, the Las Pilas Geothermal Plant, the Tejona Wind Park and the Tio Pelon Rice Biomass Plant.