25 Jul 2017
As topics of global warming, sustainability, and energy conservation trend as important to the general population, more people have become interested in buying property and living in Costa Rica. Perhaps, in part, because of Costa Rica’s widely known stance on conservation, and its aim toward renewable energy. Renewable energy in Costa Rica supplied about 98,1% of the energy output for the entire nation in 2016. As a country, Costa Rica has a geographic advantage over others in that its high concentration per capita of rivers, dams, and volcanoes allow for a high renewable energy output. “For 2017, we expect renewable electricity generation to remain stable,” ICE’s executive president, Carlos Manuel Obregón, said recently. “We have four new wind plants and expect favorable rain conditions in the basins that feed our plants.” Though Costa Rica has made major investments in wind and geothermal plants in the last 25 years – with its percentage of non-hydro renewables well surpassing the world average – the country still routinely produces more than 70% of its electricity each year using dams. Solar energy generation – on a privatized level- has picked up in Costa Rica, as well. There are a number of new companies in the country that are providing residential, as well as business, solar energy solutions. Companies like Green Energy, Poderco, and Costa Rica Solar Solutions are making great strides in helping families and business save on their fuel energy consumption. Did you know? The total amount of fossil fuels used by humans since the beginning of civilization is equivalent to less than 30 days of sunshine! Finally, a number of architectural engineers in Costa Rica are turning their eye toward a future of renewable energy and conservation, and more and more homes are being developed here with that end in mind. For example, Casa Vista Paraiso, one of HRG’s newest and most luxurious home listings, is situated within Eco Golf Estates, inside Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Casa Vista Paraiso is a sprawling 8,950 square foot retreat, custom designed with only the most discerning tastes in mind. More importantly, however, this energy efficient home is easily managed via wireless control through any smart device, regardless of whether homeowners are in residence or half way around the world. From its cut-stone façade to the lush backdrop of rich Costa Rican rainforest, this custom U.S. quality energy star home was designed to save energy, and deliver ultimate comfort with minimal maintenance required. If you’re looking to build or buy property in Costa Rica, one of the big benefits you’ll be gaining is reducing your carbon footprint. Living in paradise, reducing your impact on the planet, and experiencing a new culture and a “pura vida” lifestyle; what more can a homeowner ask for?