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Electricity Rates on the Rise

Electricity Rates in Costa Rica   Now is the time to purchase your new solar energy system from Pura Vida Energy Systems!! Don’t be fooled by ups and downs in electricity rates! Heavy rains have contributed to lower rates because the hydro plants are generating most of the energy needed by consumers. However, the fossil […]
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Net Metering = No More Batteries!!

Nation-wide Net Metering in Costa Rica! UPDATE 9/24/2015:  On September 15, 2015 MINAE signed their draft of the new rules to govern nation-wide net metering. These rules should be published this week in La Gazetta and they presumably have already been passed on to ARESEP for further clarification of the fees and methodology. The bureaucrats […]
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Got Trees? No Problem!

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Grid Tied Solar in Costa Rica A lot of people think that going “off-grid” is a good way to “go green”.  In much of the world that is true. In the United States, for example, almost all of the electricity available from the national grid is produced by burning fossil fuels. If you use that […]
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Built to Last

Added Home Value

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development established the standard for appraising the value of a photovoltaic system as the value of the electricity generated each year multiplied by 20 years.  Because electricity rates are relatively high in Costa Rica a standard 10 killowatt system that costs about $27,000 would add about $131,000, in […]
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No job too tall!

Solar Saves Money!

Click here for Slideshow! Why should you use solar energy in Costa Rica?  Current tier two rates (including taxes) from ICE are $0.31 USD per kilowatt hour (as of October, 2013).  At these rates a new 10 kilowatt solar system will pay for itself in about 5 years.  Historically electricity rates in Costa Rica have […]
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