April 2 (Renewables Now) - The government of Costa Rica announced on Saturday it has formally switched on a 5-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant, the largest of its kind in the country.
The solar facility, named Parque Solar Cooperativo, required some CRC 3.88 billion (USD 6.4m/EUR 5.7m) in investments. It consists of 19,000 solar modules spread over an 11.2-hectare area in Buenos Aires, Pocosol district, San Carlos canton.
The plant is expected to generate enough power to meet the consumption of around 5,000 families in the North region of the country.
Solar Cooperativo was developed by engineers of the local cooperative Coopelesca, the first Neutral Carbon Cooperative in Latin America. The National Consortium of Electrification Companies (CONELECTRICAS) was also part of the endeavour, with advice from experts, the government stated in the press release.
(CRC 100 = USD 0.165/EUR 0.147)