El Salvador has begun mining Bitcoin (BTC) using geothermal power harnessed from volcanoes.
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, who spearheaded the country’s move to adopt BTC as legal tender, revealed a video teaser to his 2.9 million followers showing clips of the new mining facility.
Bukele also shared a screenshot of a wallet that the country is using to collect the BTC generated from its mining operations. At the time of Bukele’s post, 0.00599179 BTC, worth $286, had been mined using energy from volcanoes.
“We’re still testing and installing, but this is officially the first Bitcoin mining from the volcanode”
Bukele said in June that he asked El Salvador’s state-owned geothermal electric energy LaGeoSV to create a Bitcoin mining facility using “very cheap, 100% clean, 100% renewable, 0 emission energy” from the country’s volcanoes.
The Central American nation, known as “the land of volcanoes,” became the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender despite widespread protests and surveys showing much of the population wasn’t on board.
About 25% of El Salvador’s current power comes from geothermal energy, according to a report by Unidad De Transacciones, the country’s power market administrator.
Bitcoin is exchanging hands at $48,061 as of writing, a 14% increase from its seven-day low of $41,002, according to CoinGecko.
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