ICE, Costa Rica’s state power company, has begun operations of the 49 MW Toro III hydropower plant, as part of the country’s plans to add over 1 GW of hydro capacity by 2020.

The plant is located in the northern province of Alajuela and uses water from the Toro river basin.

The $188m project was co-funded by the Banco de Costa Rica, the Cartago municipal utility Jasec and ICE.

The station will supply electricity to about 60,000 homes in the region, making it possible to reduce the reliance on diesel to generate electricity.

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