SNV, an international NGO with more than 40 years of experience in Latin America and a strong track record in renewable energy projects, is partnering with VIOGAZ, a Costa Rican private company dedicated to developing and implementing anaerobic digestion technology for renewable energy generation.
Together, the project team proposes to install biogas to electricity conversion technology in four companies and organizations in Costa Rica and Honduras and provide capacity building to ensure effective management. The participating organizations consist of two coffee organizations in Honduras, ARUCO y COCAFELOL, and two swine farms in Costa Rica, Grupo RZ and Toledo Farm. Coffee and swine production are key economic sectors in the two countries and as such, represent excellent potential for scaling-up and achieving large impact based on lessons learned and benefits demonstrated by the project.
In order to achieve impact beyond the direct project participants (the participating coffee and swine companies and actors in their value chains) and to promote broad use of clean energy technologies, the project will develop knowledge products (case studies, fact sheets and video), conduct outreach to media, public and private sector and academia, and host dissemination events at which the experience and results of the project will be presented. While the project will be implemented in Costa Rica and Honduras, the results, lessons learned and knowledge products will have regional impact given SNV and VIOGAZ´s existing work throughout the region.