Setback for 150 MW Wind Farm

In Panama, the Supreme Court of Justice has annulled an environmental impact study for a wind farm with 75 wind turbines, which was planned to be built in the Fortuna forest reserve.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Arguing that the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) should have been category III, instead of II, because it is within a protected area, the Third Chamber of the Court for contentious administrative proceedings decided to declare the resolution of 2014, "null for being illegal", a resolution which had approved the EIA submitted by the company Luz Eólica de Panamá.

Representatives of the company questioned the ruling, "... since, according to them, they fulfilled all of the requirements demanded at that time by the Ministry of Environment, at that time, the ANAM. Who supports or protects investments in this country?, asked Manuel Armijo, representative of Luz Eólica."

See also "Central America: $1.2 Billion in Energy Projects" reports that "... in the ruling, which bears the signature of Cecilio Cedalise, as residing judge, it is emphasized that the project will cause "serious" damage to the ecosystem and is "detrimental" to the Fortuna Forest Reserve, since, because it is a protected site, the impact is "adverse", despite the fact that these are non-polluting renewable energy projects".

"...Armijo stressed that this project is in the stage of requesting a definitive concession license from the ASEP, and also seeking financing for $530 million. "We are moving into financing and there are interested investors," he added.

More on this topic

Central America: $1.6 billion in Energy Projects

May 2018

Last year, 87 environmental impact studies were submitted in the countries in the region, for the construction of power generation plants and works on electricity networks.

Panama is the country in the region where the largest investment is concentrated, with an approximate $1.29 billion in energy projects, corresponding to 32 environmental impact studies submitted to the Ministry of the Environment between January and December 2017.

Wind Farm for $60 million

October 2016

An Environmental Impact Assessment study has been presented for the construction in Chiriqui, Panama, of a 19.8 MW wind power generation plant.

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study was presented by Energía Verde S.A. to the Ministry of Environment in Panama in July. The document emphasizes that the project, called Chimenea I will have a capacity of 19.8 MW and will have 13 triple-speed turbines with variable pitch unit of 1500 kW rated power as a minimum, properly distributed.

Panama: $150 million Wind Farm

October 2016

Plans are in place to develop a wind farm with 36 wind turbines called La Vikinga, in Santa Fe, Veraguas.

The company Eólica Energy S.A. plans to develop the project in an area measuring 2,200 hectares, 1,327 hectares of which are in the protected area of the Santa Fe National Park.

Licenses to Generate 336.8 MW of Wind Power

January 2010

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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