Part of the Cerro
de Hula wind park
Costa Rica, Central America — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 31 January 2011 – As the global growth of the various forms of renewable energy continues to spread, the latest news to be released is that Central America’s wind-power generation grew 120% between 2009 and 2010.

Revealing this latest development here, a new study published by regional economic think tank Commision Economica para America Latina (CEPAL) said the region “’ comprising Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and Belize “’ had generated 237.2 GWh of wind energy during the timeframe.

This had come mostly from projects in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, CEPAL said, adding that Central America had attracted rising wind investments due to improving regulation for the technology.

In Costa Rica, 27MW had been installed in the province of Guanacaste. At the same time, 55 turbines of 900 kW each had begun to function in the same area.

Meanwhile, Nicaragua had turned on the 40-MW Amayo wind park in 2009. The project was located in the Rivas province and was powered by 19 turbines.

Honduras was also making inroads in wind power with the recent announcement that it would bring the 102-MW Cerro de Hula park online in the first quarter of 2012. At the same time it is reported that other developers could break ground on three other projects, possibly installing an additional 120MW.