Wind Power Generation to Double in Costa Rica in Coming Years

Based on current projections, Costa Rica will double the amount of wind power the country generates in the next few years. Operations of the Orosi power plant, which launched in October, combined with the upcoming launch of the Vientos del Oeste project, slated for December, will supply the country’s electrical grid with another 59 megawatts from wind power. According to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, this will augment the 20MW the Tilawind plant in Guanacaste already provides.

Javier Orozco, the director of electrical planning and development for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has said that another three plants would more than double Costa Rica’s current wind power generation. Earlier this year, that amount stood at 194 MW. By 2017, the number could be increased to 393.

Estimates indicate that wind power will increase from 7 percent currently to more than 10 percent by 2017. Compared to most developed countries, that is quite an impressive amount of growth. For instance, Germany, which is considered a world leader in wind power and clean energy production, currently only reports wind power generation of 8 percent.

At the moment, 98.8 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity generation stems from renewable sources, primarily hydro, although solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal sources also contribute.

Between the months of December and March, wind energy production peaks. It also happens to fall during the dry season, a time when reservoir levels and river flow to hydroelectric plants also decline.

Currently, there are 10 wind farms in Costa Rica, most of which are owned by private generators, who in turn, sell energy to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute. ICE has wind assets that include the National Power and Light Company farm in the Central Valley (CNFL), the Tejona wind farm in Guanacaste, and the Coopesantos farm located in the Los Santos region.

Earlier this year, private operators announced plans to construct five more wind farms next year. By 2017, the CNFL plans to open another wind farm.

James Drews

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​