The country’s president, Nayib Bukele, said in a Tweet that he had asked a state-owned geothermal power company to put in place a plan to offer Bitcoin mining facilities with 100% renewable energy.
Our engineers have just informed me that they have dug a new well, which will provide around 95MW of 100% clean geothermal energy, 0 emissions from our volcanoes 🌋
Start designing a #Bitcoin mining center that surrounds it.
What you see coming out of the well is pure water vapor pic.twitter.com/SVph4BEW1L
-Nayibbukele (@nayibbukele) June 9, 2021
Just two hours after his initial announcement, Bukele said, “Our engineers have just informed me that they have dug a new well, which will provide approximately 95 MW of 100% clean geothermal energy with zero emissions from our volcanoes. “
The process is reportedly already underway to design a Bitcoin mining hub around the site.
Why is this important: El Salvador has 23 active volcanoes and geothermal energy contributes more than 20% of the energy consumed in the region, according to a report, which also confirms that the country only uses a third of its potential of 644 resources. MW.
Bukele’s swift execution was also a surprise to many, as the president said he was just starting to think about it late on Tuesday night.
“We don’t think about [bitcoin] mining, “he said in a conversation on Twitter Spaces, adding,” but of course we can do something to promote mining. And we have a few thinking about it right now, I mean, I haven’t thought about it – but right now thinking about it.
One of the participants in the call was Fred Thiel, CEO of US mining giant Bitcoin Marathon Digital Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: MARA), who commented on Bukele’s announcement.
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“I was on the phone last night. Congratulations. My company is one of the largest publicly traded U.S. bitcoin miners (NASDAQ: MARA) and a founding member of the Bitcoin Mining Council. I am very interested in speaking with your team about mining using geothermal energy in El Salvador (sic), ”he said. mentionned.
Price action: Bitcoin traded 8% more after the news broke, reaching $ 36,905 at the time of writing. The leading cryptocurrency saw a 4% increase in trading volume, which reached $ 49.7 billion in the past 24 hours.