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Panama's wind generation surpasses hydro on Feb 7

Wind turbines. Author: Rex Brown. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.

February 16 (SeeNews) - Panama's National Secretary of Energy announced on Monday that wind power generation had surpassed that from hydropower plants (HPPs) on February 7 and reached a share of over 25%.

To be more specific, wind produced 25.31% of the country's power, while HPPs accounted for 22.15%. This is good news for country as wind could help guarantee more stable supply even in the dry season.

According to a report by the National Dispatch Center, Panama's wind power output in December 2015 amounted to 889.11 GWh. Currently, the country has one big wind complex -- the Penonome project. It has a capacity of 270 MW currently with 108 turbines installed.

Recently, UK solar company Solarcentury also connected a 9.9-MWp unsubsidised solar farm in Panama. More solar projects are expected.

Since 2014, Panama has saw renewables investment reach about USD 580 million (EURm).

(USD 1 = EUR 0.895)

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