El Salvador has one of the highest rates of geothermal energy generation in Latin America, a natural advantage that allows for the promotion of long-term economic development, which is one of President Nayib Bukele’s bets.
LAGEO is the state company in charge of managing this resource and searching for more suitable sites to obtain it, which is why it has consolidated itself as a pioneer in geothermal development on a Latin American scale.
Thanks to the important boost, this year LAGEO is the venue for the fourth edition of the «Short Course», an event that takes place in the country from September 18 to 24. The course is also organized by UNESCO-GRO GTP.
Mynor Gil, president of LAGEO, affirmed that El Salvador’s geographical position and the strategy framed in the energy spectrum allowed the “Short Course” to be held and the work carried out by the institution to be presented to 17 countries.
“With the event, we seek to strengthen geothermal growth in the region by providing the knowledge that the country has and our company, which has been a pioneer for more than 40 years. El Salvador has the technical capacity, which allows us to be a guarantee that we have resources to increase energy and not depend on fossil resources,” said Gil.
For his part, Ingimar Haroldsson, director of the UNESCO-GRO GTP training program, said that the work carried out in the last three years by LAGEO in geothermal generation “is very good.”
“LAGEO is promoting geothermal development in the country. Geothermal energy is important for the world and I consider that El Salvador is an example for many countries since its results are good », he explained.
For a week, more than 25 participants from countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, the United States, Germany, Iceland, among others, will learn about the LAGEO’s work and the projects in the country.
In the fourth edition of “The Future of the Use of Geothermal Energy in Latin America” topics on exploration, possibilities of direct use, field management, and the frontiers of sustainable development of geothermal energy will be addressed.
According to LAGEO, after completing the course, participants will be able to apply what they’ve learned in geothermal projects in their home countries.
Currently, LAGEO operates two geothermal plants, one in Ahuachapán and the other in Berlin, Usulutan, which have a total installed generation capacity of 204.4 megawatts (MW). This geothermal production contributes a quarter of the national energy matrix.