April 28th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica could soon be home to the largest solid waste gasification plant in Central America, according to U.S. firm, Waste Electric.
According to company spokesperson Adrian Meza, construction of the $390 million plant, which would convert solid waste into electricity, could begin in about four months and would take about two years to complete. The firm is currently awaiting the proper permits from the National Environmental Secretariat (SETENA).
At full capacity, the plant would produce enough electricity to power 108,000 homes, which would be sold to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).
The 40,000 square meter plant is to be built on 11 hectares within the Coyol Free Zone in Alajuela.
The plant would take some of the 4,000 tons of solid waste generated daily in the country and turn it into electricity through a process called gasification. The waste used by the plant would ordinarily end up in landfills.