The Government of Costa Rica and Panasonic announced on Monday that the company’s regional battery manufacturing plant will soon operate with all of its energy from clean sources.
The initiative is the first public-private partnership of its kind, through which the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) commit to supplying the company with electricity from renewable sources.
In addition, 400 solar panels were installed at the Panasonic plant through Enertiva, in order to generate clean energy and complement the state offer.
Panasonic aspires to be certified as carbon neutral in the near future.
The first lady of Costa Rica, Claudia Dobles, said at an official ceremony that these initiatives go hand in hand with the National Decarbonization Plan presented by the Government last February, with the goal that in 2050 fossil fuels have been replaced by clean energy.
“We have great challenges that we cannot face alone, we need all sectors. Costa Rica has a bet and a clear vision on a route that can have great allies,” said the first lady.
The company Panasonic reported that the 400 solar panels will achieve that 100% of the energy consumed by the manufacturing plant and its offices in Costa Rica comes from clean sources.
According to data from the firm, solar panels will reduce 58.41 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The president of Panasonic Central America, Nabuto Nakanishi, said that the company “shares the ideal of Costa Rica on the development and efficient use of energy, and the reduction of CO2 emissions, energy consumption and water resources.
According to the parties, this public-private partnership makes Panasonic the first private company in Costa Rica to operate with 100% renewable energy.
The manufacturing plant produces 2.5 million type D batteries and 5 million double A batteries every month, and packs and distributes alkaline batteries and car batteries that are imported from Belgium and Thailand.
From Costa Rica, the company exports these products to 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as to the United States.
Costa Rica, a small country of 5 million people, produces 98% of its electricity from clean sources, mainly hydroelectric plants, but also wind farms, geothermal and solar.