Wind turbine generators near Tilarán, CR. And in energy-starved Nicaragua, what?
Generated by UN SWERA project can be seen at http://www.nrel.gov/wind/pdfs/nicaragua.pdf
Wind velocities > 8m/s are found throughout the isthmus of Rivas. And some spots in the mountains between Leon & Estili, but these would be high risk to exploit, cause it's mostly low wind energies.
Please see my NL blog of the same name, Aeolian Power?, with names & link to SWERA. Maybe someone has answers to the questions I ask there.
I've driven thru the Rivas isthmus several times recently but have seen no activity of wind farming.
Those borders are drawn fairly incorrectly, as the esteliano article mentioned most lots of the potential is in Esteli and San Nicolas munipalieties. I see lots of blue in those hills (more than mainland Rivas), many which have plateaus (such as garnacha) that have high energy potential blue = > 8.8 m/s (more than 8.8 m/s).
I'm tired of people taking away credit from Esteli, clarly there is potential there!!
We will know more in a year but the Geek Ranch caretaker and neighbors say the wind is very seasonal. Essentially December through February.
This is much like the 1970s advertising for the Richland, Washington area. To show it was a wonderful place, the brochures said the average temperature was 70F and average wind speed was 7mph. True but the temperature varied from -10F to 120F and the only wind was 120+ mph storms in the spring. :-)
Anyway, the Geek Ranch property is about as high as you can get in Tisey (there is a ridge a few km north which would have more wind but not a lot). On the "get it running" list is a weather station which we will make available on-line.
Where are the venture capitalists stepping up to the Estilian plateaus? Or are you expecting global charity? Perhaps Tio Hugo could be convinced?
Covensa has been at it in Rivas for at least 4 years, but I'm not sure they've anything to show.
Well, the article I linked earlier said that they are looking for investors for a consortium to establish the wind mill parks in Esteli and that there's something on the way in San Nicolas. I've also heard recently that there was a law passed that will allow natural reserves such as Tisey to be used to obtain renewable energy. Maybe that'll ease things a bit there. I don't know.
As far as Rivas:
Invertirán 92 millones de dólares en la generación de energía eólica en Nicaragua
Apparently there's a project in Rivas underway. I had read there was going to be a project in Leon-Esteli as well that was to be funded by the EU and co-managed by the municipal goverments, local universities. Esteli along with Rivas resgions have the highest potential.
Would you happen to know the average wind speed in Esteli? Or Leon? Interested in implementing a hybrid Solar-Wind power plant in Leon, but couldnt find any info on the average wind speed. You say Esteli has a better chance....is there a website with good information on this topic that you can point me to? Thanks in advance.
Viva Leon Jodido!
You can find my previous comments at http://www.nicaliving.com/node/4003 but, unfortunately, I don't have the name of the company or "the facts" but there are links in the comments.
That and an El Esteliano magazine article says 8 m/seg. The link has more info in spanish.
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