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Renewable energy electricity production hits 70 per cent

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 10 December 2015 | Click here for original article

Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm and power plant, Rivas

Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm and power plant, Rivas

Last weekend Nicaragua achieved 70% of its electricity production from renewable resources according to the National Energy Dispatch Center (CNDC).

Wind power produced 32.5%; geothermal accounted for 20.5%, followed by biomass (14%) and hydroelectric (3%).

Meanwhile, Omar Espinoza, president of the Nicaragua Renewable Energy Company (ERNICSA), announced that the company will invest US$1.8 million in two projects to generate clean energy from solid waste.

Espinoza said, “The municipalities of Masaya and Ciudad Sandino have a daily average production of four tons of solid waste and have great potential for renewable energy generation. We hope this project will contribute to the creation of more jobs, as well as reduction of environmental contamination.”

In terms of coverage, Minister of Energy and Mines Salvador Mansell projected that by year’s end 85.3% of Nicaragua’s population will have access to electricity. This compares with 54% coverage in 2006.

He also announced that 1,788 LED lighting systems were installed this year on Managua’s main avenues and that next year more than 25,000 will be installed in Nicaragua’s 153 municipalities.

“Nicaragua is increasing electricity coverage using renewable energy sources. We are gradually replacing sodium lighting systems with efficient LED technology.” Salvador Mansell added.