The 2.4 MW Sarigua solar plant, located on the southern Azuero peninsula, has been inaugurated, representing Panama’s first-ever photovoltaic (PV) plant.

Italy’s Enel Green Power and the Italian government jointly funded the solar project, which will be operated by local power company Empresa de Generacion Electrica (EGESA).

The PV plant, which comprises in the region of 12,000 solar cells, is expected to supply enough electricity to power approximately 2600 homes.

A second stage in the project is envisaged, doubling the plant’s capacity to 4.8 MW.

Speaking at Sarigua’s inauguration, the Vicente Prescott, Panama’s energy secretary, said: Sarigua marked “the beginning of many projects to come”.

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