In other cases, the government has denied the necessary operation permits due to breach of requisites.
Actions by environmentalists, who want to prevent the use of the Santa Fe National Park for a wind farm, claiming "ecological fragility" of the area have also influenced in the delay.
The article in Prensa.com noted that: "ASEP has already awarded a license to two companies for wind power. These are Generadora Eólica del Caribe, SA, to build the project on Mount Delgadito in Verguas, with the capacity to generate 19.5 megawatts, and Southern Energy Wind for the Alto de Piedra project in Veraguas, generating 18 megawatts."
On January 1st, the Penonomé wind farm produced a fifth of all domestic electricity generation, or 5.1 GW/h.
According to the Electric Transmission Company, SA (Etesa), the Penonomé wind farm in the province of Cocle, broke the record for energy production on the first day of the year, after reaching an operating capacity of 197.5 megawatts (MW), 21.7% of the national requirement .
Unión Eólica Panameña has been awarded a contract to provide electricity to ETESA using 110 wind turbines installed in Penonomé.
The first wind farm in Panama will have to start operations in the second half of 2013, according to the plans of Unión Eólica Panameña (UEP), a Spanish company that has won the contract with the Electricity Transmission Company SA (ETESA in Spanish).
The company Vientos de Electrotecnia has started testing its wind turbines at the plant in San Marcos, Choluteca, and projects that the formal start of operations will be in the first half of December.
With a total investment of $140 million the wind farm in San Marcos will produce 50MW using 25 wind turbines of 2 MW each.
Panama granted "Unión Eólica Panameña" licenses to install, operate and exploit 4 wind power farms.
The public services authority of Panama granted the company provisional licenses to install, operate and exploit the wind farms called Nuevo Chagres, Portobelo Ballestillas, Marañón and Rosa de los Vientos, capable of 42.5, 59.5, 850 and 194 MW, respectively.
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