The view from Don Marvin´s land toward Volcan San Cristóbel

The view from Don Marvin´s land toward Volcan San Cristóbel

While you all are doing a splendid job protesting new investments in coal in Washington D.C. and Massachusetts (so I hear),  tthere are some interesting developments in Nicaragua on the sustainable energy front as well.  If you look closely in the picture above, taken from the property of a SosteNica client near León, you can see a wind turbine.  Unfortunately neither the client nor Edgard, from CEPRODEL, knew anything about it, but it prompted me to do some looking.  I found this article summarizing some recent developments here.   The San Jacinto  Geothermal project is close to León, and we heard about it from all the locals when we went to visit the bubbling mud springs there.  And hydroelectric power has been made infamous here unfortunately partly because of the death of Benjamin Linder, an American engineer who was killed by the Contras while evaluating a site for a hydroelectic plant.

Although CEPRODEL doesn´t currently have any projects in wind, geothermal, or hydroelectic power, they have initiated an allianze with TECSOL, a company making solar panels.  For example, SosteNica client Don Mauricio Mendiola bought a solar panel with credit to power the electric fences for his cattle.  His farm is outside the city and doesn´t otherwise have electricity.   As far as I know Nicaragua does not have a system of selling back to the grid, although that would also be a good way to encourage rural borrowers invest in solar panels.

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