Solar Wood Dryer in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua was inaugurated

In order to support microenterprise development through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Nicaragua’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Central Commission Environment and Development (CCAD) through its program Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP), have inaugurated the Wood Solar Dryer project in San Juan de Oriente, Masaya.

The project included the installation of a solar-biomass hybrid dryer of 30 square meters with a capacity to dry 15 cubic meters of wood in each cycle; hybrid dryer was designed with appropriate technology to local conditions, thus allowing the raw material is in optimal condition to use.

The execution of this project will potentialize the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) of the Handicrafts Sector in Nicaragua. The beneficiaries of this project are 51 small Handicraft artisans of Masaya, whom generate employment to 306 people.

The producers say that this new development opportunity that is being given to them will allow them to offer their products with more qualified materials and best prices for their clients: "This project has three components, drying and marketing of raw and dryer wood, this project will greatly benefits us because we are acquiring the wood 70% cheaper than the price it is sold in the market, which will allow us to offer better prices to the public and especially a better quality product because the wood dried under this process as a better performance", said José Balladares.

"This project allows us to buy dry wood for us to offer our buyers a better product, without moth problems. We had to dry using traditional method before or bought some providers who marketed at high prices, now with this opportunity, we will be able to buy better wood, cheaper and safer", said Lillian Ruiz.

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Boletín Informativo de la Secretaría General del SICA