This document provides information on the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity’s (ICE) efforts to bring modern energy resources to the, largely rural, 2% of the Costa Rican population whom live off the grid. An essential component of these efforts involved brining solar thermal technology to indigenous communities.
The two most successful uses of solar thermal by ICE included a solar ovens pilot project for the new Hospital of Heredia as well as solar thermal for the Humboldt school. There are many obstacles to financing for these communities, the research notes.
PV is not a profitable enterprise for Costa Rican utilities in these communities, according to the presentation. Solar thermal installations are easier to finance through third-party mechanisms.
Author: Leuphana University of Lüneburg, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
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