Wind energy projects in Panama

The Panamanian authorities have approved 25 applications for the construction of wind farm projects totaling 2,064 MW. A new regulatory framework will promote renewable energy sector

Wind power generation is a priority option for the government of Panama in order to increase the renewable share in the country’s electricity balance. The latter was confirmed by the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), which informed that 25 wind turbines applications for the construction of wind farms have already been approved.

Five of these have already received final authorization while the others are still waiting for the process to be completed.

However, for the time being, only one wind farm project is actually under construction, in the province of Coclé, with a capacity of 225 MW.

If all the submitted wind farm projects were to be implemented, the new installed capacity would amount to 2,064 MW, which alone could nearly cover the country’s total electricity needs, currently met with an installed capacity of 1,650 MW (mainly from oil) and partly from imports.

In order to facilitate the construction and installation of wind turbines and renewable plants in general, and to regulate their development in Panama, the Government is drawing up a new legal framework.