Nicaragua’s Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam : Parallels : NPR

Nicaragua’s Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country’s electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years.
Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Nicaragua produces no oil, but is a land of fierce winds, tropical sun and rumbling volcanoes. In other words, it’s a renewable energy paradise — and today the Central American nation is moving quickly to become a green energy powerhouse. Within a few years the vast majority of Nicaragua’s electricity will come from hydroelectric dams, geothermal plants and wind farms.

Nicaragua’s largest wind farm lies on the shores of giant Lake Nicaragua, which stretches halfway across the country.

via Nicaragua’s Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam : Parallels : NPR

NPR has been doing what I think is a bang-up job on their Nicaragua reporting. We have reposted and commented on several of their stories here, here, and here if you would like to see them. They also did a feature on Medical Tourism that had a bit about Mike at the Farmstay!

Anyway, here is another good news story about how Nicaragua is developing its natural resources in the areas of wind, solar and geothermal with the goal to be a net energy exporter to other Central American countries in a few years!

Most everyone who has been visiting or living here in Nicaragua is familiar with the wind farms along the lakeshore of Lake Nicaragua south of Rivas, but you might not know about the solar and geothermal. When you think of it, really geothermal is the way to go as that is a never-ending supply of energy since we have so much volcanic activity in this country.

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Best Cities to Live in Nicaragua

What are the Best Places to Live in Nicaragua?

There are many fine towns and a few real cities to choose from when deciding where to live in Nicaragua. Some of the factors influencing whether one town or city works best for your personal situation are:

  • lifestyle preferences
  • Spanish-speaking abilities
  • financial situation
  • personal health
  • desires to live with or without other expatriates
  • weather
  • transportation
  • amenities

There are many more factors in addition to those named above. We’ll tackle this topic on a broad level now and in further posts will break it down into some detail. If you have enjoyed this post, please comment below and encourage me to continue with this series!

Let’s get started with some broad strokes as to what whould be the best Nicaraguan city for you to live in.

Do you want to live in a city, town, village, or? Would you enjoy being in the center of the pueblo just a couple of streets off of the plaza? Or, do you prefer living a few minutes drive or bus away from the downtown? As with all things, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options and you need to find out for yourself what is best for you.

What about your Spanish-language skills? If you already have a fairly good handle on Spanish, then you are likely much more open to living wherever you want to in Nicaragua. Folks with limited Spanish and little-to-no ability to learn the language will probably be best suited to live in an area with a large existing expat community where you can speak English most everywhere you go.

Are finances a major consideration? If living on a fixed budget, even though your money goes much further in Nicaragua, you will still need to watch your spending habits and keep a reserve handy in case. Obviously, if you have a much more comfortable financial situation, then you can forego thinking about strategizing on money-saving schemes and live you life as you desire.

What about your health? Your age? Anything requiring regular checkups, medical specialists, tests and exams? That will affect your decisions too. Excellent health care is available in Nicaragua, but is not evenly distributed throughout the country. For the most part, Managua is where the best doctors and hospitals are located.

Do you prefer to live in a real Nicaraguan community or one with a sizeable expat population? Some people, usually those with limited Spanish skills, find themselves drawn to expat communities, of which there are not a lot to choose from in Nicaragua. Do you want to join the Kiwanas club or the American Legion? If that is the sort of social life you envision then your options are limited as regards Nicaragua. Or, do you want to live as completely as possible with Nicaraguans in a Spanish-speaking community? This question also speaks to your needs for a social life. Some folks are just fine by themselves or the occasional meetup with friends, and some are real “joiners” that want to be part of every bridge club, charity event, volunteering at the schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Which are you?

Weather is another important consideration. Luckily, in Nicaragua one can choose what kind of weather they like. Warm and hot is the norm here, but there are mountainous areas that are great for that “perpetual spring” climate. As you get to live here awhile, a slight change in temperature can make the difference between sweating and being miserable or quite comfortable.

Transportation is important too. It is not too difficult to live without a car in Nicaragua and in some places it offers a distinct advantage to not drive! Buses and taxis are usually very available and mostly inexpensive. Driving here has its challenges, but of course offers freedom of movement that relying on public transportation just does not offer.

Finally, what amenities are important to you? For example, are you a shopaholic? There aren’t too many shopping malls in Nicaragua and most of them are in Managua. Are first-run movies in brand-new theaters your thing? Again, the capital has those but are not very well distributed outside of Managua. What about nightlife? Culture? Art? Poetry? Live music? A variety of different types of restaurants? I always recommend you be clear with yourself that if you feel you need these amenities, don’t go moving out to the coast where it takes an hour or two to find some of these things. Be real with yourself and admit you like eating sushi and seeing a musical play live once in a while!

Okay, that is the end of this edition. I plan on writing more of these and going into further detail on each and every consideration to help make your move to Nicaragua a good one! Please share, Like, or comment!

Houses / Homes in Rivas / Nicaragua | For Sale | VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE : 2 rooms, 57 m2, USD 20000.00

Houses / Homes in Rivas / Nicaragua | For Sale | VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE : 2 rooms, 57 m2, USD 20000.00.VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE VENDO CASA POR MOTIVOS DE VIAJE

Property Information

Location: Rivas
Address of Property City of Buena Vista neighborhood rivas special school 4 c. 1c south. This 1/2 c. south
Price $20,000.00
Price/sq meter $350.87
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Square Meters 57
Lot Size 200m2
Room Height ground floor
Age of Home 2004
Stories 1
Balcony/Terrance terrace
Swimming pool no
Parking 0
Type of Floor Ceramics
Floor Number ground floor
Benefits Near a School, Patio

Description

Pretty home quiet home sale by reason of illness

This appears to be a good example of a bargain property due to some unfortunate circumstances of the seller. At this price, this nice little house could be perfect for you if you are looking for an easy to maintain place in the town of Rivas.

 

Houses / Homes in Rivas / Nicaragua | For Sale | selling houses on a solo road. : 7 rooms, 280 m2, USD 55000.00

Houses / Homes in Rivas / Nicaragua | For Sale | selling houses on a solo road. : 7 rooms, 280 m2, USD 55000.00.Sell two houses in one spot.Sell two houses in one spot.Sell two houses in one spot.

Property Information

Location: Rivas
Address of Property From the Radio Rumbos 1C to on, Rivas, Rivas.
Price $55,000.00
Price/sq meter $196.42
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 3
Square Meters 280
Lot Size 645.12 m2
Room Height 3m
Age of Home 1992
Stories 1
Parking 2
Type of Floor Other
Floor Number 1
Benefits Near a School, Near Traffic, Roofed Parking, 24 hour Security, 1 Studio, Patio, Corner Property, Living room & Dinning room

Description

In one field there are two houses, the first with 2 bed., Porch, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, kitchen and dining together in a single room (91 m2 living area). The second house has 5 bedrooms., 2 room, 1 runner, 2 baths, porch and kitchen (189 m2 construction). The two houses are connected by a large patio in the back and one in the front yard. The good is accessed by the paved road that connects San Jorge Rivas. The type of construction is confined masonry, the structure is an iron pillar and reinforced concrete, type of roof is corrugated zinc sheet, has recessed electrical system and piped. Located 10 minutes from San Jorge and 45 minutes from San Juan del Sur.

This is an example of what might be a good investment property located in the city of Rivas. Actually located on the road to San Jorge, this property has two homes on it. Rivas has a good central location and is near the lake, the ferry to Ometepe, and not too far to the beaches of Tola and San Juan del Sur.