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Central America to Tap Volcanoes for Renewable Energy
Posted By Cameron Scott On September 21, 2010 @ 6:52 pm In Renewable Energy | No Comments
The troubled and impoverished region of Central America is rich in one thing: volcanoes. Spurred by increasing demand for electricity, several countries are thundering mountains’ energy into watts . Geothermal  plants can use the water heated by the molten earth beneath volcanoes to drive turbines. The plants are expensive to build, but, once built, they are long-lasting, reliable, and do less environmental damage than hydroelectric dams  or fossil fuel sources.
Photo © Eduardo Robles 
Guatemala, which already has two geothermal plants, is offering tax breaks on the equipment needed to build more in hopes of getting 60 percent of its power from a combination of geothermal and hydroelectric sources by 2022. Costa Rica already operates four plants and will bring a fifth online early next year; it’s considering an additional two. El Salvador and Nicaragua are also expanding geothermal power from volcanoes.
How about some international loans to support these encouraging developments ?
Via Reuters 
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 thundering mountains’ energy into watts: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/26/indonesia-plans-to-harness-4000-megawatts-of-power-from-volcanoes/
 Geothermal: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/26/americas-first-geothermal-powered-ikea-coming-to-denver/
 hydroelectric dams: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/28/flooding-threatens-to-overwhelm-chinas-three-gorges-dam/
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 Eduardo Robles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Volcan_Tacana_01.jpg
 encouraging developments: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/02/peace-corps-to-start-clean-energy-program-in-the-americas/
 Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68K2OD20100921
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