A small article in the IcelandReview showed up in my searches for stories about El Salvador in the world's press. The article describes the start up of a small geothermal electricity plant in the area near Berlin, El Salvador:
The first Icelandic geothermal power plant to be built on foreign ground has launched operations in the geothermal area of Berlin in El Salvador, as announced by Icelandic geothermal energy company Enex on Saturday.
“This is a significant milestone for Icelandic geothermal knowledge,” managing director of Enex Thór Gíslason said in a statement, adding:
“Progressive operations on geothermal power plants in Iceland for the past ten years along with the development of new and improved technology have created a strong basis for exporting knowledge that is sought-after in many foreign countries.”
Once fully operational, the power plant will produces 9.3 MW of electricity. It is operated in partnership with local energy company LaGeo. The agreement between LaGeo and Enex is worth USD 13 million (EUR 10 million).
Geothermal energy, which uses the heat from underground volcanic sources to power electrical turbines, provides a significant amount of electricity for El Salvador. A paper from the 2000 World Geothermal Congress describes the location of El Salvador's geothermal fields and notes that this power source provided as much as 41% of the country's electricity in 1981.