Several things pop into one’s mind when Panama is mentioned. I picture contented residents donning Panama hats. And I’m not the only one. There is a growing community of American retirees who revel in the Panama wealth of land, plants, and animals. And they, as well as the locals, want to preserve that beauty.
So, it’s not surprising to find news about Panama’s leadership with renewable energy investments, particularly solar. This month, Panama got its first utility-scale solar power plant.
Here are some more details:
Greenwood Biosar, a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Biosar formed to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has completed design and construction of a 2.4-megawatt (MW) solar PV project in Panama’s Herrera Province for Enel Green Power Panama.
The solar array is located nine miles from the city of Chitre, is Panama’s first utility-scale solar PV installation, and can provide 30 percent of the surrounding area’s electricity demand – equivalent to 2,600 homes. The project has now been interconnected to the La Empresa de Generacion Electricita (EGESA) grid network.
The EPC contract for this project was awarded in September of 2013 and Greenwood Biosar provided all services and equipment for plant construction including engineering, civil works, and construction management; PV module installation; and procurement, delivery, and installation of all inverters, pad mount transformers, MV switchgear, racking, metering devices, and monitoring and control systems.
Congrats to Panama and to Greenwood Biosar.
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