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Friday, April 19 2019 @ 09:01 PM UTC

The National Assembly Approves Project Allowing The Construction Of Solar Plants

Environmental IssuesThe National Assembly approved on second reading the Bill 605 on Friday, which establishes the incentives regime for the promotion of the construction, operation and maintenance of solar power plants to continue with the process of diversification of the energy matrix in the country, so the country does not exclusively depend on thermal and hydro generation.

This initiative contributes in the reduction of petroleum consumption, ensures the availability and sustainable energy supply, meets the long-term energy demand in the country, brings together other strata of the population that currently don’t have access to commercial energy sources and promotes the development of renewable sources and diversifies the country's energy matrix.

The Republic of Panama, for being a country close to the equator, it has solar radiation levels that favor its use throughout the country. This effect allows the use of renewable energy sources more efficiently, including industrial and commercial heating processes that usually make use of traditional fossil fuels, thereby reducing the flight of capital. (Estrella)

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The National Assembly Approves Project Allowing The Construction Of Solar Plants
Authored by: ChiefEngineer on Sunday, June 02 2013 @ 11:04 PM UTC

These words written are meaningless, deliberately obscurantist, and inane. Solar power will add nothing of any significance to reduce hydro or thermal requirements on the national power grid. Some simple facts:

A solar panel array with 50 per cent spacing will produce approximately 48 Kilowatts per acre at noon, with conditions being optimal. But to get it requires an area four-fifths the size of a football field covered with expensive semi-conductors and miles of inter-wiring, not to mention inverters and transformers, to produce usable electricity. In general, the energy required for the building of solar equipment takes up about 11 years of energy generation. So, you don't create net positive energy until the 12th year. Before noon and after the power generated tapers off. And if clouds roll in, the energy falls drastically. This intermittent, high-low output causes problems in grid stability of voltage and frequency. It is especially hard on sensitive electronic equipment.

Both wind and solar must have subsidies to operate, because the cost of installation is no much higher. That means that electrical bills must increase due to higher cost per KW. With these two boondoggles at the scale to be installed, Panama will have blown a billion dollars on a good plated sewer pipe.

The National Assembly Approves Project Allowing The Construction Of Solar Plants
Authored by: robinsare on Monday, June 03 2013 @ 10:55 AM UTC

Hi Don. I wonder if you know just what "incentives" are going to be offered to solar and wind power developers. In my home area of northwestern Ontario, water is dumped over top of hydro electric dams rather than being run through the turbines to create 2.5 cents a kwh electricity. Instead, power is fed into the grid from private solar and wind plants being paid a subsidized 80 cents a kwh. I hope Panama is not about to make mistakes of this magnitude.