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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Wind Energy in Central America

    By Keith R | January 19, 2009

    Topics: Energy & the Environment, Renewable Sources | No Comments »

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    The Panama Post has published online an excellent overview of the current state of development of wind power in Central America, particularly eight new projects slated for Guatemala, one for El Salvador, six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and five new ones in Costa Rica.

    My only quibble with the article: at the end of the third paragraph, the author claims that Costa Rica is the largest generator of wind energy “not only in Central America, but in in all Latin America.”  Wrong!  Costa Rica’s 69 MW installed capacity pales next to the 200 MW installed in Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil alone — not to mention the 17.4 MW also installed in Ceará (CE) and 500.93 MW Ceará will bring online this year.  And Mexico will bring online 80 MW this week in Oaxaca.   Wind’s share of national generation capacity is larger in Costa Rica (3%) than in Brazil or Mexico, true, but then again, this year Uruguay will top that too.

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