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For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Power Plant.

Power Plants provide electricity to the island, which can be distributed farther via Electric Substations and Wind Turbines.


Coal: "Coal fuel - high pollution."
Natural Gas: "Gas fuel - doubles upkeep, -50% pollution."


Trash, trash-can and dumpster may appear, unobserved.

The Power Plant's output is variable, effected by both the number of engineers and their experience. Assuming a full staff, a Power Plant should be able to produce at least 120MW of electricity at a low level of experience, with a moderately experienced staff--especially with a few highly-experienced engineers to pick up the slack from inexperienced recent hires--able to reliably produce over 200MW.

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"Without electricity your island is doomed to a Caribbean stone age. The Power Plant enables you to build the advanced and costly structures that are needed for your exotic little paradise."


"The Power plant produces Electricity needed for advanced buildings and factory upgrades."


The power radius=30,000(600 feet); half of a Wind Turbine's radius and 100 feet more than a Substation's radius. Best to centrally locate it to where the player plans on needing its electrical grid. It is a big structure with some pollution issues, so finding an ideal spot is difficult.

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