The Future of Renewable Energy in Central America || Costa Rica


On September 3, The Worldwatch Institute and the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), with support from the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP), hosted the workshop “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America” in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Taking place the day before the Latin American Energy Organization’s annual Latin America and Caribbean Electricity Symposium, the workshop took the form of a participative dialogue to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences between a select group of experts, industry delegates and government representatives of each Central American country.  

During the workshop, initial findings of an ongoing Worldwatch-CLACDS Project were presented and discussed. The ultimate goal of this project, as well as this stakeholder consultation is the design of a technical, socio-economic and political roadmap defining concrete steps toward rapidly expanding the adoption of renewable energy technologies in Central America.  Experts from a range of renewable energy professions presented best practice case studies and how to replicate such examples. Break-out groups or ‘action labs’ during the workshop discussed individual contributios.

Involvement in the project will extend beyond the workshop itself through ongoing participation in the project’s future events as well as a moderated online forum, forming a community of experts committed to advance renewable energy in Central America.

For further information, please contact the project's manager, Adam Dolezal:

New: Workshop Photos

09:00 - 09:30 a.mCoffee and Registration
09:30 - 10:00 a.m.   
   Gloria Villa, General Director of Energy, Costa Rican Ministry of Energy and
   Environment (MINAET)
   Worldwatch, CLACDS/INCAE
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
   Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute
11:00 - 13:00 p.m. 
Current Energy Situation and Challenges
Presentation, questions, and comments
   Commentary - Mario Alvarado Mora, ACOPE Costa Rica
13:00 - 14:00 p.m.  Lunch        
14:00 - 15:30 p.m.
Renewable Energy Success Stories and Replicability
Presentation, questions, and comments
   Commentary - Jorge Vasquez, UCE-SICA
15:30 - 15:45 p.m.Coffee
15:45 - 16:45 p.m.
Break-Out Groups / Action Labs - Barriers and Facilitators for the Advancement of Renewable Energy in Central America
 4 break-out groups:
  • Framework and princples, best practices
  • Political and regulatory barriers and facilitators 
  • Administrative barriers and facilitators 
  • Financial barriers and facilitators 
16:45 - 17:45 p.m.Summary of Break-Out Groups and Final Session
17:45 - 18:00 p.m.
Conclusions and Next Steps
   Worldwatch,  CLACDS/INCAE
18:00 - 19:00 p.m.  Reception