Panama watch: Hydro operations, solar licenses, wind farm

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Panama Power Holdings (PPH) reported that subsidiary Hidro Caisán satisfactorily completed test operations of 67MW hydro El Alto.

In a filing to Panama securities regulator Supervalores, PPH said national dispatch center CND authorized the plant to begin commercial operations.

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Central America power interconnection commission CRIE recently approved El Alto's connection to regional grid Siepac.

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Public services regulator Asep granted four provisional photovoltaic power licenses for a combined 30.7MW.

Panameña de Energía Solar is behind projects II (9.9MW), III (9.96MW) and V (9.96MW), and Gallegos Solar plans to develop Los Gallegos (0.9MW). The solar parks are planned for Coclé province.

The companies have 12 months to submit documents to secure definitive licenses.

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Fersa Energías Renovables announced plans to break ground next year on the 102MW first phase of Panama wind project Toabré.

Asep last month pushed back development timetables for Fersa's projects.