December 30th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Famous for its winds, the town of Tilaran, in Guanacaste, has become a magnet for wind turbines that generate electrical energy.
Jovel Arias, the local mayor, stated that because of the area’s windy conditions, there are many investors interested in developing wind-powered plants.
Currently, there are four private plants in the area, besides the Tejona Wind Farm that belongs to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).
The construction of a new project, called Chiripa, is also planned for this coming year.
In addition, another project, the Tilawind Park, is on its way. An environmental impact study has already been carried out for the project.
“We have 3 more projects: one in Tierras Morenas, another close to Quebrada Grande – called Mandela I and Mandela II-, which are being developed by the construction company H Solis. That same company is also going to install two plants called Libano I and Libano II, which are currently in the study phase,” said the mayor.
The mayor said that the only way the expansion of wind farms would be slowed in the area is if ICE were to stop buying such energy.
“On the other hand, this type of project is an attraction for tourists. That’s where we’re headed,” he added.
To complement these plans, the Municipality of Tilaran is planning on building a Free Zone Park in the area.
According to Arias, there is a Spanish-German consortium interested in settling in the town. The company develops technology to produce energy from wind – not with tower turbines though, but with panels.
“They have already ran tests, and they want to come to Costa Rica, specifically to Tilaran,” the mayor said.