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Belize

Wind diesel for remote telecommunications

Remote hybrid

The final design for a wind-diesel station to power remote telecommunications in Belize is being completed by the National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) of the US. The station, to be owned by the Central American Corporation for Aerial Navigation Services, would replace a diesel generator. The hybrid plant will include a 10 kW wind turbine, probably a Bergey BWT-Excel, says NRECA's Hugo Arriaza, as well as a battery bank and two diesel generators as back-up. It seems the site has a daily wind pattern of 9 m/s, with fastest speeds in the afternoon and at night. Arriaza says the Belize utility may even be interested in buying wind power. Electricity prices are as high as $0.16/kWh, but the site is about 20 miles from the grid.

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