This 12.75 MW wind farm located at 2000m elevation in the midst of the mountain ranges of Costa Rica, right where Pacific and Atlantic weathers clash, has been the first windfarm constructed by a cooperative and connected to a national distribution system.
This project distinguishes itself by a very high degree of stakeholder involvement. It is managed by the “Coopesantos” cooperative which has organized many workshops in more than a dozen local communities around the windfarm to gain support and collect financing for the project. As part of these efforts, a local participation program was established to distribute the project revenues back to the local shareholders of the cooperative.
Project impacts and benefits:
- 11,000 tCO2e saved annually
- Clean electricity for 50,000 people and 11,000 households in rural, underdeveloped area
- Investments in social infrastructure including school building remodeling, public lightning, and construction of bus stops
- Capacity building for community people and students in workshops on renewable energy
- 44 m high towers considered a touristic attraction with growth opportunities for small and micro businesses
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