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Central America moves ahead on interconnected Clean Energy Transmission Corridor

SIEPAC Transmission Grid through Central America (source: Carlos St. James)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 14 Dec 2017

Central America is moving forward with its interconnected clean energy (transmission) corridor, which will allow clean energy to be distributed across the region, strengthening efforts for geothermal power generation in the region.

The countries in Central America are pushing forward with plans on strengthening their regional electricity infrastructure to boost their exchange of electricity generated from renewable sources, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

With the Clean Energy Corridor, a project agreed in 2015 by the governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, these countries seek to share their surplus electricity from renewable sources, including non-conventional sources, such as wind, geothermal and solar.

This is reported this week in IPS News.

Despite about 60% of the region’s electricity being generated by hydropower, Central America is still very much dependent on fossil fuels as was reported earlier this  year by IRENA.

The transmission corridor is utilising an already existing 1,800-km power grid cutting across the region, from Guatemala in the extreme northwest, to Panama in the southeast.

Currently the contribution is 50% hydropower, 35% thermal power and 15% combined from geothermal, solar and wind.  For further details see link below.

Source: IPS News