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Fiesta del Sol Educates Community About Solar Energy, Power

THE 14th annual Fiesta del Sol will take place April 23-25 in Santa Barbara de Santa Cruz, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.

A celebration of culture and technology, the event aims to raise awareness about the potential of solar energy and the protection of natural resources.

“We’re very interested in the uses of solar energy,” said Fiesta del Sol coordinator Juan Arriaga.

The purpose of the festival is to educate the community about solar power and the positive effect that using it in Costa Rica would have on the environment, Arriaga added.

Demonstrations of solar power generators as well as other related devices will take place throughout the three days.

THERE isn’t any other activity similar to this in Latin America, that we know of,” Arriaga said.

Taking place at Casa del Sol, the festival hopes to bring attention to the activities that take place there year round. Casa del Sol, a nonprofit organization, works to raise awareness about solar power and its uses.

Although the primary focus is on solar energy, the festival will also address the issues of organic foods, genetically modified foods, health and the prevention of domestic violence.

The event is put on by Sol de Vida-Costa Rica and PROCESO and will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Casa del Sol is located in Santa Barbara de Santa Cruz, next to the high school.

Call 681-1015 for more info about the fiesta.


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