Costa Rica inaugurates the largest solar park in the country
The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, inaugurated on Saturday the largest photovoltaic solar energy generation park in the country, which will benefit nearly 5,000 families in the north.
This is the Solar Cooperative Park, located in the city of Buenos Aires in San Carlos north of the province of Alajuela, where 19,000 solar energy collector devices were installed in an area of 11.2 hectares of land that will produce 5 megawatts.
According to the authorities, during the dry season when the water resource decreases, the park -which has a cost of 6.4 million dollars- will guarantee the quality and continuity of the electric service.
"The Cooperative Solar Park will be an important step to reach the goal of 2050. Photovoltaic energy will be essential to electrify transportation and abandon hydrocarbons," said Alvarado, who is in the northern part of the country as part of a tour.
Among the benefits that the Cooperative Solar Park will produce in the North zone are several, among them not to contaminate, to avoid global warming, to reduce the use of fossil fuels, to contribute to sustainable development, besides supporting the country efforts within the framework of the Plan of Decarbonization of the economy.
The general manager of Coopelesca cooperative, Omar Miranda, explained that in the dry season the availability of water decreases, so it is of great value to venture into new generation projects with renewable sources to guarantee the electric service to associates and in this way continue reducing the purchase of electricity.
"This is a very important project for us because we are working on diversifying energy production with environmentally friendly sources," said Miranda.
The project has been developed by engineers of the Cooperative and the National Consortium of Electrification Companies with expert advice.