In El Salvador as in several countries worldwide, the geothermal power
projects are widely believed to be an environmentally friendly alternative for
electricity generation and other direct uses, in particular because they produce
only small amounts of greenhouse gases. However, in practice, some
geothermal projects receive very strong opposition from local and
environmental groups, to the point where some projects have been held up for
years, or completely stopped. In order to achieve a successful development for
a geothermal project the aspects concerning to the local communities and
environmental groups must be addressed to their satisfaction, even though
sometimes this means going beyond the mandates of law.
LaGeo as part of its Corporative Values has Social Responsibility issues that
covers several local communities involve activities like geothermal education,
computer class for primary school, banana farm, wildlife conservation, etc.
In spite of Social Responsibility concerns, the public acceptance for the
geothermal development is not yet in the level to move forward smoothly. This
kind of development is seen in LaGeo as both a moral imperative and good