We just visited the property and wanted to share some pictures that show the difference of water levels between dry season and rainy season.
As you can see above, there’s a lot more water now which reconfirms the potential for hydropower. Between the lower part of the development and these waterfalls we have a difference in altitude of at least 50 meters (160 ft.) Given the volume of water we should be able to generate approximately 60 KW with small hydropower plant. When supplemented with solar power and a smart battery system including inverters, we can be totally self-sufficient in our power needs, even when you want a small air conditioning unit in your bedroom.
See this link for a few more very cool pictures on our Dutch language site.
Talking about power: the neighbors in the nearby hamlet of Palmar Arriba (3 km/2 miles away) confirmed that the electricity company has started to bring power to their village. We’ve indeed seen work has already started and power is now about 4 km away from the village. No doubt these people and the nearby school will be very happy with this development.