Polaris Energy Nicaragua

Debt : November 2010

Polaris Energy Nicaragua is a Geothermal Energy plant in Nicaragua.

Amount

€ 8,091,000.00

Type of investment

Debt

Development impacts

  • Private sector consolidation/innovation
  • Access to basic services & goods
  • Fight against climate change and preservation of natural resources

Beneficiary locations

Latin America and Caribbean: Nicaragua

Investment field

Infrastructure

Activity

Energy - Geothermal

Organisation

Polaris Energy Nicaragua

Domicile

Nicaragua

The POLARIS Project involves the development, construction, ownership and operation of the expansion of an existing geothermal power plant in San Jacinto (province of Leon).

As is typical for geothermal project development, the total Project has been developed in phases, whereby a 10MW back-pressure unit has been operational since 2005 as a pilot project. The first phase of the expansion (“Phase I”, 36 MW) is currently under construction. Phase II is basically a “replay” and doubling of Phase I, including a second identical turbine to be located in the same building. Phase I completion is expected in April 2011, while Phase 2 completion is expected in December 2011.

Upon completion, both Phases will be operated as a single integrated facility and will share a common geothermal resource, Power Purchase Agreement, transmission line, generating license, concession and environmental permit.

Phase II will require drilling of additional production and injection wells, but will utilize the identical power plant design and equipment as Phase I.

Development impacts

  • Private sector consolidation/innovation

    Geothermal energy is 50% cheaper than thermal energy

    Due to the high stability of the energy source, Polaris contributes to base load; leading to less blackouts

  • Access to basic services & goods

    Provision of electricity through a geothermal power plant

  • Fight against climate change and preservation of natural resources

    Implementation of the Project will result in offsetting around 362,000 Tons of CO2 per year

    The project provides for a sustainable base load and low cost energy solution alleviating national budget for importing oil and at the same time securing availability and reliability of energy for the long term

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