Costa Rica is rich in bio-diversity and natural beauty. Many Costa Ricans living in remote areas such as the Talamanca Canton lack basic services such as electricity. Instead they buy candles to study, cook and socialize in their homes in the evening. Not only is the open flame a hazard to children, many families that earn $100 a month spend $20-$30 on lighting alone. LUTW and partners have been helping families transition to sustainable energy in Costa Rica since 2004.

Below are pictures and a map, which highlight recent and upcoming projects.

 

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Light Up Costa Rica Phase 18
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Location: Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.53 N/s– 82.92 W
Local Partner: ACEM and Y Service Clubs International
Solar systems installed in: 120 homes
Local technicians trained: 10
Training and installations completed: Nov-13
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Light Up Costa Rica Phase 18Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 17

Location: Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.57 N – 82.98 W
Local partner: ACEM and Y Service Clubs International
Solar systems installed in: 120 homes
Solar system capacity: 25 Watt panels powering lights and charging cell phones.
Local technicians trained: 10
Training and installations completed: November 2013
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 16


Location: Various villages, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.55 N – 82.94 W
Partners: Y Service Clubs International and ACEM
Solar systems installed in: 60 homes
Local technicians trained: 6
Training and installations completed: May 2012

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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 17

Location: Chirripo, Cartago Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.86 N – 83.54 W
Partners: Rainbow Schools and Paz y Luz
Solar systems installed in: 15 homes
Local technicians trained: 2
Training and installations completed: May 2012

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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 12

Location: Los Cocos, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.53 N – 82.96 W
Local partner: ACEM
Solar systems installed in: 50 homes
Solar system capacity: 11 Watt panels powering lights and charging cell phones.
Local technicians trained: 6
Training and installations completed: September 2010

Project pictures

Community Profile: Talamanca is a territory of great ecological diversity and home to the Cabecar and Bribri indigenous groups. Talamanca was isolated and inaccessible until the late 1970s. Many in Talamanca produce cacao, banana, plantain, beans and rice. An increasing number of producers are raising animals for consumption and sales such as pigs, hens and cattle.

This project was implemented as part of a field study initiative with Texas Tech University.
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 11


Location: Gavilan Canta, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.58 N – 82.98 W
Local partner: ACEM
Solar systems installed in: 50 homes
Solar system capacity: 11 Watt solar panel powering lights and charging cell phone
Local technicians trained: 6
Training and installations completed: August 2010

Community Profile: Talamanca is a territory of great ecological diversity and home to the Cabecar and Bribri indigenous groups. Talamanca was isolated and inaccessible until the late 1970s. Many in Talamanca produce cacao, banana, plantain, beans and rice. An increasing number of producers are raising animals for consumption and sales such as pigs, hens and cattle.
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 10

Location: Various villages, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.60 N – 82.96 W
Local partner: APPTA
Solar systems installed in: 38 homes
Solar system capacity: 11 Watt solar panel powering lights and charging cell phones
Local technicians trained: 4
Training and installations completed: May 2010

Community Profile: Talamanca is a territory of great ecological diversity and home to the Cabecar and Bribri indigenous groups. Talamanca was isolated and inaccessible until the late 1970s. Many in Talamanca produce cacao, banana, plantain, beans and rice. An increasing number of producers are raising animals for consumption and sales such as pigs, hens and cattle.
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 9

Location: Various villages, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.55 N – 82.94 W
Local partner: ACEM
Solar systems installed in: 170 homes
Solar system capacity: 11 Watt solar panel powering lights and charging cell phones.
Local technicians trained: 10
Training and installations completed: March 2010

Community Profile: Talamanca is a territory of great ecological diversity and home to the Cabecar and Bribri indigenous groups. Talamanca was isolated and inaccessible until the late 1970s. Many in Talamanca produce cacao, banana, plantain, beans and rice. An increasing number of producers are raising animals for consumption and sales such as pigs, hens and cattle.

 
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Light Up Costa Rica - Phase 15

Location: Various villages, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.59 N – 82.96 W
Local partner: ACEM
Solar systems installed in: 40 homes
Solar system capacity: 11 Watt solar panel powering lights and charging cell phones.
Local technicians trained: 6
Training and installations completed: September 2011

Community Profile: Talamanca is a territory of great ecological diversity and home to the Cabecar and Bribri indigenous groups. Talamanca was isolated and inaccessible until the late 1970s. Many in Talamanca produce cacao, banana, plantain, beans and rice. An increasing number of producers are raising animals for consumption and sales such as pigs, hens and cattle.

 
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 13

Location: Various villages, Talamanca Canton, Limon Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.59 N – 82.87 W
Partners: Y Service Clubs International and APPTA
Solar systems installed in: 60 homes
Local technicians trained: 6
Training and installations completed: November 2011

Community Profile: See Phase 9

 
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Light Up Costa Rica – Phase 14

Location: Chirripo, Cartago Province, Costa Rica
GPS coordinates: 9.49 N – 83.26 W
Partners: Rainbow Schools and Paz y Luz
Solar systems installed in: 40 homes
Local technicians trained: 4
Training and installations completed: April 2011

Community Profile: Footpaths from deep within the roadless continental divide converge at the ends of mud then gravel roads which converge on the community of Grano de Oro where the Indigenous Association - Paz y Luz, has an office and warehouse for the drying, cleaning and storage of black and red beans for market that also serves as a meeting space for the communities located 1 to 3 day's walk beyond the ends of the roads. First Aid stations and even wireless internet powered by solar panels provided by the Costa Rica Electrical Utility exist in some remote communities as do elementary schools. Home lighting is a major expenditure for families with school aged children keen to maintain their studies after the sun sets at 6 pm in this area where there are no navigable waterways or vehicular travel due to the steep mountainous terrain and fast flowing water in the rivers. Some installations were completed by rafting whitewater sections of the Pacuare River, and crossings of larger rivers are often by cable bridges or in small cable gondolas.

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