For the last six weeks, we’ve had power interruptions in San Juan del Sur that last for eight hours once a week. The power interruptions will stop temporarily during Easter week, and then start again for another three weeks until they’ve replaced all the electrical lines in the city. After all that, we’ll basically have a brand-new grid for the whole city.
As a norm, we don’t have brown outs in San Juan del Sur. What can happen though is during a storm, if a tree goes down and knocks out a transformer, it knocks out the whole city’s electricity. With the new system, that won’t happen anymore. It will probably knock out a few houses, but with the new substation, we’ll be bringing more power into San Juan del Sur, so we won’t have the situation where we’re not getting a full 110 volts all the time. Right now, it might go from 90 to 110 back and forth, just depending on usage and holidays. We’re hoping that with the new system, it will be amazing- something like North America.
(Happy hour on the beach at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, pictured.)