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Construction About To Start On New Wind Power Facility in Panama - Largest in Central America

Infrastructure UpgradesPanama will end 2013 with the largest wind farm in Central America and one of the largest in Latin America with an investment of $440 million dollars, today reported a source close to the company developing the project. The director of the Spanish company Unión Eólica Panameña (UEP), Rafael Pérez-Pire, said the park, which will cover an area ​19,000 hectares, will provide about 220 megawatts of power, doubling that provided by similar facilities in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras. "In terms of Latin America we stand behind Brazil, Mexico and Chile in wind energy," said Perez-Pire while presenting the project to journalists.

He said while energy is generated throughout the year, about 75% of it will be between December and May, during the dry season in this Central American country. He said Panama has an advantage in that renewable energy is "native", allowing it to be developed to the point of the country being self-sufficient in energy, something most other countries - such as Spain for example - do not have.

He said the introduction of wind power will allow the Central American country to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, will prevent the emission of approximately 450,000 tons of carbon to the atmosphere, and will mitigate the emission of 1,000 tons of nitrogen oxide as well as 500 tons of sulfur dioxide. "This amount of sulfur dioxide that we are to avoid, is the equivalent to what a forest of 173,000 hectares captures from the atmosphere in a year," he added.

Pérez-Pire said the park, located in the town of Penonomé in the central province of Cocle, will have 110 wind turbines that will provide approximately 5% of the total energy used in Panama. He said next week they will place the first stone of the project, although they have advanced the construction of part of the structure where the main station will be located. He said during the construction and installation stage there will be about 300 people working, but once the park is operating there will be about 50 full time employees, mostly technical personnel and maintenance. He said according to their projections, the components of the wind turbines will leave the factor by the end of next February, and begin to arrive in Panama about a month later.

The company is a subsidiary of Unión Eólica Española, and won the contract late last year when it submitted a bid of $ 0.9 per kilowatt hour for the long-term supply of wind power in Panama. (Critica)

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Construction About To Start On New Wind Power Facility in Panama - Largest in Central America
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 01:36 PM EDT

..."110 wind turbines that will provide approximately 5% of the total energy used in Panama". A meaningless figure. Usually these percentages and power figures are given at peak performance and ideal conditions. An effective statistic would take into account average winds over years and calculated EFFECTIVE power, which is usually around 18% of the optimum. The cost per kilowatt is usually several times more than hydro, thermal or nuclear. Sometimes the wind is still. No matter how many wind mills you have, you must have that much in traditional generation as a standby, when wind farm output is zero. Sometimes windfarm output exceeds the total needed for national consumption. Because thermal and nuclear generation cannot be reduced drastically in short time frame (except for gas turbines), windfarms are someimes required to be disconnected. They kill birds like an extermination program. They are sh*tty butt ugly and ruin the panorama.

This is a mistake.

Construction About To Start On New Wind Power Facility in Panama - Largest in Central America
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 04:43 PM EDT

The good old boys up in the mountains of TN and NC shot the wind mills up pretty bad as they were so noisy - they no longer exist. I can only hope the vaunted environmentalist lives close by to enjoy the noise.

Construction About To Start On New Wind Power Facility in Panama - Largest in Central America
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 05:53 PM EDT

.....and not only that, the low frequency noise will drive many absolutely bonkers. I sure hope they are going to install them aways away from Penonome, or it will become Penomomoans.

Construction About To Start On New Wind Power Facility in Panama - Largest in Central America
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 10:56 AM EDT

It is not cheap for sure; one of the wind parks in the North Sea (Europe) has 60 turbines producing 120 MW.
Per day they can produce 1.2 GWh at an installation cost of 3200 Euro/installed KW.
The North Sea has most of the year a perfect condition to run the park at 100% but reality is different and mostly the reliance is on the existing plants running on coal or gas.
For the Netherlands a total of 2010 MW is installed good for a yearly production of 3,315 GWh according to the latest production reports.
At the end of the day this production can be deducted partially from the traditional power plants and export combined making it good for a huge reduction of CO2 emissions (groups being worried that a bird hit a blade and dies, look at what these birds and every living mammal including us inhale every day)
Central America is working on a joint grid and for the moment Panama can only keep its own lights on and to be part of this market they need more output if they want to export energy, otherwise with the current development they will end up buying only.
Renewable energy is still under development and regarding wind, strong winds or storms will require to but the brakes on the turbines, calm winds to moderate are perfect and each country these days are in the race to get more renewables despite the price and efficiencies which will become better over time.
Don’t forget that the first combustible engine had an efficiency of nothing and look now.
On the other hand we can look at economy as well, keeps the industry alive and provides employment.