Waste to Energy Plan Approved in Costa Rica

April 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Costa Rica’s health ministry has approved state power distributor Compania Nacional de Fuerza y Luz’s (CNFL) US$3.6 million Rio Azul waste-to-energy project in capital San Jose. Construction would begin immediately and take four to six months. The plant will have a 3 MW capacity and generate approximately 30 GWh per year. CNFL will buy all power from the plant. Local waste management company WPP Continental operates the 27-year old Rio Azul landfill, which takes in about 1,200 tons of waste daily. Water from the waste-to-energy plant will be treated before release into the Azul river.

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