The wonderful application of solar energy in Nicaragua

Publication date: 
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:45

During this last 15 years, I’ve seen how the Nicaraguan population has made of the Solar Energy an immediate resource for a practical way to have a better quality of life. 

Being a developing country in 1998, the Solar Energy was a fetched idea to many people, ‘cause just think about how the sun could turn on the lights, was wild. Now, almost 16 years later, when you fly above the Nicaraguan rural communities you can see thousands of solar panels installed on the humble roofs.

This technology has been a significant advance in our people , especially those who do not yet have a development in basic subjects such as: decent housing , clean water, and electricity. Above all, it has directly contributed to a better quality of life for people who set aside an oil lamp to use clean and renewable energy.

According to the National Electricity Transmission Company (Enatrel) , in late 2013, the rate of electrification in Nicaragua was 76% , which means a hard work to reach those remaining 1,300 communities. However, despite government efforts, the high cost of interconnections and electrical wiring in remote areas, make users of Nicaraguan rural area continue betting on solar energy to be cheaper, faster and safer.

Today, families who already have experience using solar energy for their homes, they have also decided to experience this power for productive uses through as electrical fences for livestock, water pumping and solar cooling; also has experimented using another king of renewable technologies as Biodigestors to produce Biogas and liquid fertilizer trough the cow dung. They have realized that besides being a source friendly to the environment, is a cost effective and accessible to all.

Cattle and vegetables producers, those who market their products locally, and whom sometimes export outside the country, have confirmed that using renewable energy for their production processes makes them competitive and attractive to international certifications.

Mothers and heads of household, ensure that solar energy has avoid accidents and even death to their children and small household, by replacing flammable resources previously used to illuminate. Many sad stories of children disfigured by burns have been prevented by using photovoltaic energy.

Marketers , rural electrification programs , local governments , community leaders or partnerships that implement the development of solar energy in Nicaragua, should have greater satisfaction and inspiration as the faces of gratitude and hope that is deposited in each home and benefited citizen who experiences a substantial change in their way of life. Defend the vulnerability of communities and protect them from it, is priceless.

As an entrepreneur in the solar energy in Nicaragua, I know there is much work still to do. Now, we need to educate the urban population on the efficient use of energy and the use of solar energy to improve the national economy, demonstrating that self -generation and distributed generation (On Grid) is an extremely cost effective alternative for businesses, enterprises and projects, as long as a law and a regulatory framework exists.

Nicaragua is currently the only country in Central America that does not have a Distributed Generation Act , no regulatory framework referred to, only a preliminary Draft Law that has been discussed for a long time in the National Assembly , through the management of the Energy and Mines Ministry ( MEM ), but without specific approvals.

Meanwhile, we remain committed to Nicaragua with a greener, renewable and efficient energy matrix; bringing solar energy to the most vulnerable, teaching about the responsible use of natural resources, the importance of Sustainable Energy and ROI economic , social and environmental we receive for using natural energy.

That is my legacy.

 

Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tecnosolucion SA (TECNOSOL), Nicaragua

Tecnosol provides renewable and clean energy to homes and farms in Nicaragua through solar, wind and hydro systems. Since 1998, Tecnosol has worked to improve access to electricity in rural areas of Nicaragua. It offers customers a range of products, including lighting systems, solar-powered refrigeration, water pumping systems, wind and hydro-electric systems, that range in price from US$ 250 to US$ 2,500.