Tejona Wind Farm

Several of the 30 wind turbines at the Tejona Wind Farm produce electricity day and night in the high winds above Lake Arenal.

TEJONA, Costa Rica – Costa Ricans are very proud to say they do not import electricity into the country.

Since 2003 Costa Rica’s autonomous institution in charge of electricity, called ICE, has harnessed the natural force of the Atlantic trade winds. The winds generate 19.8 megawatts of electricity for nearby Costa Rican households.

Not only have wind farms contributed to cleaner energy practices, but the massive turbines have also provided a unique destination for ecotourism.  Tourists interested in sustainable energy can experience the power of the trade winds as they rise from Lake Arenal and turn the blades of the turbines at speeds of up to 160 miles per hour.

In addition to the wind turbines, the government has also invested in other alternative energy sources including hydroelectric and geothermal energy.

­–Nikki Barr and Amy Esker

–Photos by Bobby Watson

Amy Cherwin, program coordinator with Monteverde Institute, revels in the gentle intensity of the winds that push the blades on Tejona's many turbines.

Cidney King, Gaby Ramirez and Amy Esker, left to right, lean out over a precipice near one of Tejona's towering wind turbines. The trade winds race over this edge at gusts of up to 100 km/h.

One thought on “Tejona Wind Farm

  1. Anne Wilson says:

    Wow! That must have been some experience to feel the strength of the winds. I have seen the wind turbines in the U.S. but never experienced the winds in quite the way pictues in today’s blog.

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