San Isidro power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-LatinAmericacoal}}San Isidro power station is a coal- and biomass-fired plant located in San José La Gloria, Retalhuleu, Guatemala.


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Inaugurated in May 2016[1], the 61.5 MW San Isidro plant generates electricity from a mix of biomass and coal. During the November to May sugar cane harvest season, it runs on bagasse (cellulose fiber from crushed sugar cane stalks); from June to October, it runs on coal.

Most of the electricity generated by the plant is used in the neighboring department of Retalhuleu. The plant is equipped with a Japanese Shin Nippon turbine, a British-made Brush generator, and a 220-ton-per-hour John Thompson boiler designed to meet World Bank environmental standards, operating at 540°C with an efficiency of 88.5%.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ingenio Magdalena (Magdalena Sugar Mill)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: San José La Gloria, Retalhuleu, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.533778, -91.679836 (approximate)
  • Status: Operating (2016)
  • Gross Capacity: 61.5 MW
  • Type:
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  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Nuestros productos: Energía,", Ingenio Magdalena website, accessed January 2017.
  2. "Ingenio Magdalena inaugura planta eléctrica en Retalhuleu,", Prensa Libre, May 20, 2016.

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