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Will It Catch On? Building Self-Sustaining Housing in Nicaragua

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A compact, solar house, which is 100% self-sustaining has caught the eye of the tourism, real estate and investment markets in Nicaragua. Valued between $35,000 and $50,000, the house is 42.5 square meters, derives its energy from solar power and manufactures its own drinking water.

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Self Build Houses In Nicaragua

Energy consumption is an important indicator to measure the progress of a country, but in countries with developing economies such as Nicaragua, it is difficult to meet the need for energy and water supply at reasonable cost.

In this context, sustainable development based on the use of renewable and clean energy becomes important, especially to encourage self-generation and consumption.

Paradise Smart Solar House, green home model capable of producing their own electricity and drinking water, begins to be promoted in Nicaragua by a consortium of private companies and agencies of the Central American country and Germany.

This compact solar house, innovative, economic and ecological was designed by the German company Selected Electronic Technologies (SET GmbH, for its acronym in English and German). It uses two types of technology, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy to provide the necessary pumping systems, water treatment, air conditioning and hot water.

The house measured 42.5 meters square. It has a lounge, bedroom, bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, a kitchen area and a small art room, which houses all power equipment and water.

To install the first green home in Leon made an investment of $ 70,000, which served to buy the lot, hire specialists Germans, moving the container with the parts of the house and train personnel in Nicaragua.

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The local pilot project was the German Nicaraguan (ENICALSA), a firm dedicated to import, sell, install, repair and maintain equipment for applications such as solar water pumping, solar energy systems equipment to health centers and schools in rural areas.

With this pilot project, ENICALSA enters the real estate sector and sets out to find local partners to develop tourism projects whose estates and lighting systems and water-based technologies work with solar energy.

The Nicaraguan Institute for Urban and Rural Housing (INVUR) ​​estimates that the country requires at least 900,000 homes, which is why entrepreneurship should ENICALSA acceptance in various sectors of private enterprise.

Jose Benito Rodriguez, one of the top executives of the company, relies on the development of such projects, as the tourism infrastructure in remote areas is minimal, also in Nicaragua are the minimum conditions to develop projects that supply electricity and water drinking either through photovoltaic systems.

“By replacing imported materials with those produced in the local market, the costs of construction of green homes will decrease. All that would matter panels and solar electronics, “said Rodriguez.

One of the most important factors that would foster investment in renewable energy systems is the Law of Incentives for Tourism Industry (Act 306), which aims to provide incentives and benefits to individuals or corporations, domestic or foreign, engaged in the tourism.

Jagwood +, one of the major consortia wood from Central America, brings together small and medium producers of forest, brokers and manufacturers in the wood sector offering tropical timber quality, among which are mahogany, locust, cedar and Caribbean pine.

The country also has a thriving metallurgical industry led by leading manufacturers and suppliers of ferrous inputs for construction, which are clustered into the Chamber of Industry of Nicaragua (CADIN).

With the use of local materials and importing only photovoltaic technology, a green home for a family of five would cost $ 35,000 to $ 50,000, depending on the area where it was built and its architectural features.

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  • Peter Mackness

    It is an interesting concept but expensive for an ‘affordable’ home in Nicaragua. No campesino is getting a decent mortgage on something at that price.

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