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