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Costa Rica hits renewable energy mark for fourth year in a row

In 2018, just 1.44 percent of the country's electricity came from fossil fuel plants, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in a statement.

Pioneering Costa Rica’s solar push in the Central Valley: Alajuela’s Llobet and Sons

While Costa Rica's emphasis traditionally has been on generating hydropower, the country has fallen woefully behind on its generation of solar power. Despite many obstacles, department store Francisco Llobet e Hijos decided to help lead the charge and show that going solar can provide significant savings.

Government, environmental groups agree to temporarily postpone approval of waste gasification

Lawmakers of the ruling Citizen Action Party next week will evaluate their support to the environmentalists' petition.

Construction of Central America’s biggest hydroelectric dam is nearly finished in Costa Rica

Workers from the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Thursday finished placing the last layer of rock and earth that will support the Reventazón hydroelectric project, which when completed will become the largest in Central America.

Citizen group voices support for government moratorium on thermal conversion of solid waste to electricity

A new group called “Hacia Basura Cero” is lobbying for a continued ban on thermal processes that convert solid waste to trash.

Municipalities challenge moratorium on solid waste gasification projects

The National Association of Municipalities on Wednesday will present a complaint to an administrative court challenging a moratorium on the use of trash to generate electricity. The temporary ban was decreed by the Environment Ministry last June.

Costa Rica signs first loan contract with Japan for new Guanacaste geothermal projects

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís attended the signing ceremony, saying the planned geothermal projects “will not interfere with territory in national parks.” Instead, he said they involve “new technologies that permit the exploration and utilization of wells without damaging conservation areas.”

Costa Rica to sign loan with Japan for expansion of geothermal energy projects

A delegation led by President Luis Guillermo Solís on Monday will meet with representatives of the Japanese government to sign a $550 million loan to finance the construction of three geothermal power plants in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

Tico astronaut Franklin Chang offers President Solís a plan to optimize energy use

Former NASA astronaut and Tico scientist Franklin Chang Diaz on Tuesday met with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís to deliver a series of proposals aimed at improving energy generation and creating more efficient transit in the country.

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