Nicaragua now has an operating photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is said to have the “biggest” generation capacity in Central America.

The government of Japan financed the 1.38 MW solar PV plant, AFP reported.

It is located 42 km from Managua, in the department of Carazo. The station covers an area of two hectares and comprises nearly 5900 PV cells.

The plant will supply power to 1100 homes on the Pacific coast, with a approximate yearly output of 1986 MWh.

By 2018, the government of Nicaragua is seeking to cover 76 per cent of demand through renewable electricity sources.

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