Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wind Power in Santa María de Jesús

The town of Santa María de Jesús in Sacatepéquez (near Antigua) is proposing to install wind generators that take advantage of the strong winds that occur on the slopes of Volcán de Agua. The idea is to use the power to reduce or eliminate the cost of pumping water for the town. Right now the town pays about Q300,000 a month for electricity to pump water.

The current plan involves the installation of 10 wind generators that would generate enough power to more than satisfy the water requirements of Santa María de Jesús and the extra water could be sold to surrounding aldeas. The plan also includes construction of an ecological park.

The first phase of the project is receiving assistance from the Japanese and the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica.

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