Feb 10, 2014
Costa Rica’s green dam
CNN’s Nick Parker looks at a hydroelectric dam project in Costa Rica with the goal of protecting natural habitats. Watch video
Central America’s largest renewable energy project, the Reventazón project is the first hydropower plant to establish an offset for river habitat in the region, and will also contribute to the Jaguar Corridor Initiative and long-term preservation of the largest living cat in the Americas.
This 305.5 megawatts plant is setting the standard in biodiversity. The IDB is supporting the project with a $200 million loan for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Reventazón. The plant will generate an average of 1,4 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity per year. Once completed, it will represent approximately 10 percent of Costa Rica’s total installed electricity generation capacity.