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El Salvador Advances Bitcoin Mining with Geothermal Energy

El Salvador Advances Bitcoin Mining with Geothermal Energy

El Salvador has made strides in Bitcoin mining, leveraging its abundant geothermal energy resources.

Since 2021, the country has mined 474 Bitcoin, valued at $29 million, using power generated from the Tecapa volcano. With 300 mining processors, El Salvador allocates 1.5 megawatts (MW) out of its 102 MW geothermal capacity to cryptocurrency mining. This move positions El Salvador as a pioneer in renewable energy-driven Bitcoin mining.

In a historic move in 2021, El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender alongside the US dollar. Since then, the government has implemented various pro-Bitcoin policies, including the establishment of a geothermal plant dedicated to mining BTC. Presently, El Salvador holds 5,750 BTC, amounting to approximately $354 million.

Despite facing criticism from global entities like the World Bank, President Nayib Bukele remains steadfast in his support for Bitcoin. Bukele’s commitment was validated by his landslide victory in the 2024 presidential election. This positive stance on Bitcoin aligns with El Salvador’s efforts to drive economic growth and technological innovation through cryptocurrency adoption.

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In response to concerns about Bitcoin’s environmental impact, various initiatives have emerged within the crypto industry. Advocates call for a transition from proof-of-work to more sustainable consensus mechanisms like proof-of-stake. Additionally, some governments, including New York under Governor Kathy Hochul, have implemented temporary bans on proof-of-work crypto mining.

Alexander Stefanov

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