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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Costa Rica 2017

Submitted by: Enertiva
Project: Héroes Solares (Solar Heroes)

Solar energy is really complex regarding installation, the regulatory framework, operation and maintenance. Enertiva therefore helps to implement solar systems by taking care of all of these aspects.

Initial situation
Central America has a population of more than 45 million people and a combined GDP of more than $ 200 billion. Even though there are significant differences between the countries, all share high electricity prices. That is an important handicap for the competitiveness and the development of the region, specially SMEs. Furthermore, many countries depend heavily on oil imports which releases carbon emissions.

Solution
Enertiva aims to convert electricity consumption from a handicap to a competitive advantage and create economic development and a more sustainable region. The organization acts as a solar facilitator. Solar energy is really complex regarding technology, design, installation of the system, the economic analysis, the regulatory framework, financing, operation and maintenance. Enertiva therefore helps potential clients to implement a solar system by taking care of all of these aspects and the associated risks. This way, the client can feel confident implementing a solar photovoltaic system and becomes a solar hero. Enertiva has implemented more than 5,200 projects (mainly SMEs and households) with more than $ 2.2 m of annual savings in electricity bills.

Innovation
Enertiva offers an integrated business model that is unique and innovative in several ways. Its success has been proven by the large number of implemented projects. They offer the service of being a one-stop solution provider which includes the design, implementation, economic viability, financing and operation of the system.

Jury-Rating
Almost all of the countries in Central America have an average electricity rate above 16 cents per kWh, more than double the price in the US. That is an important handicap for the competitiveness and the development of the region, specially SMEs. Furthermore, many countries depend heavily on oil imports. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Costa Rica acts as a solar facilitator and helps clients to install solar systems, assisting them regarding regulations, operation, installation and other aspects. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: San José
Official language: Spanish
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