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Gordon MacKay of InNicaNow.com – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Happy hour on the beach at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFor 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.)
Suyen Vargas of Aurora Vacation Rentals Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
power meter san juan del sur, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe really worst thing about living in San Juan del Sur is that there are blackouts and it happens here more than the other places. The power goes out all the time.
 
Last month, we lost electricity at least once a week for 5 minutes to 2 hours. There are also water issues. Electricity and water issues occur especially if it is high season and everybody is in San Juan del Sur. I don’t think that San Juan del Sur is prepared to hold a certain number of people in town. The government of San Juan del Sur is working toward improving the electricity issues.
 
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Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
hydro electric plant in Jinotega Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWith regard to the reliability of electricity in San Juan Del Sur, I’d say that there are certain times of the year where you will experience power outages more frequently, especially during the windy season when a tree might fall over and trip out a wire. But the electric companies in Nicaragua are getting good at fixing these types of problems quickly. Usually, if you suffer a power outage, it wouldn’t be more than 20 or 30 minutes. It is now way better than how it used to be 10 or 15 years ago.
 
The last time there was a blackout in Tola was about a month ago, when it was the windiest day of the year. We suffered about a 30-minute power outage because a limb of a tree has gotten blown away by the wind and took out a power line. But it only took the electric company about 35 minutes to come and lift the wires and repair them.
 
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Eugenio Cortez of Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan´s Rock – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The electricity is definitely reliable in San Juan del Sur.
 
There’s one electric company that provides electricity for the entire country. We get power outages if there is a big thunderstorm or sometimes late at night when they want to save some energy once everybody is asleep. It’s really rare that the power goes off, and when it does go off, you can expect it to go off for an hour, maybe. It’s been so constant that it’s really not an issue anymore.
 
The last months have been the rainy season, so the outages have definitely increased. When there’s a thunderstorm developing, just to be safe, local authorities will probably put the power out for half an hour just to wait for the storm to pass and then bring it back on.
 
To give you an example of the reliability of electrical service in San Juan del Sur, in the past three months (which is the rainy season, when we have the most issues with electrical service), we probably had two electrical outages per month, maybe.
Joe Lopes of las escadas condominiums – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I have only been here in San Juan Del Sur for two years but I have noticed a significant improvement relative to the reliability of the supply of electricity. We had a lot more black outs last year compared to this year. Last year, we had at least one black out every week when the power is off for most of the day. This year, the black outs only happen once a month, so apparently, they are getting the problem solved.
 
There is no problem with the supply of power here in San Juan del Sur. The distribution of power is the main issue. There is poor electrical infrastructure in San Juan Del Sur so you will still see old wooden electrical posts, but they have been replacing those with the concrete posts now recently. As a result of this upgrade work and other factors, the reliability of electricity has improved a lot since last year.
Lucy Valenti of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Juan del Sur was, until recently, a small fishing village, and the government generated electricity for the area on that basis and demand.  More recently, San Juan del Sur has experienced very rapid and significant growth in building and tourism, thereby increasing the demand for electricity.  As a result, the government is struggling to build electrical capacity rapidly enough.
 
However, that said, the electricity is pretty consistent in San Juan del Sur.  Whatever problems with electricity you have in San Juan del Sur will tend to happen at peak demand, for example, at Christmas or Easter, when there are lots of tourists and local Nicaraguans come to visit.
George Cooper of Casa de Cooper – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua wind farm – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe electricity is a lot more reliable in San Juan del Sur than it has ever been.  We do have brownouts but they are not as frequent as they have been in the past.  There are scheduled maintenance outages that are published in the paper so you can plan your day around them. This happens less frequently than in the past.  Then, there are the storms that sometimes will cause the electric to go out for a short period of time.
 
Most of the business in the village have backup generators as do most of the hotels.  It is an experience with the electric is out because the skies are just beautiful; filled with stars and not a man-made light showing.  
 
Nicaragua is slowly converting to wind generating for the main services.  Progress is being made and will continue to upgrade the electrical services to Nicaragua.
 
Natalie Sullivan of DISCOVER Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
10 years ago, the water would stop and the electricity could go out almost every day.  Now, the water is more reliable because we now get our water from Lake Nicaragua.  The electricity here in San Juan del Sur is very reliable—no brownouts or blackouts.  The only time the electricity is off now is when it’s scheduled to be off due to maintenance or to open new connections.

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