InterEnergy’s Panama City-based subsidiary, UEP Penonomé II, S.A., built and operates the 215MW Laudato Sí wind farm in Penonomé, Coclé province. Laudato Sí is the largest wind farm in Central America with 215MW in total installed capacity.
It features 86 Goldwind G109 2.5MW wind turbine generators with a hub height of 90 metres. This turbine is a three-bladed, permanent magnet direct-drive, upwind, horizontal-axis, pitch-regulated, variable- speed machine. The wind farm was completed in early 2016 and is currently selling energy generated under long-term PPAs and into the spot market.
The Laudato Sí wind farm brings reliable and clean energy to the region, eliminating over 400,000 tons of CO2 emissions and saving 900,000 barrels of oil per year. The low cost of electricity production means that the wind farm’s output is positioned early in the supply stack, even ahead of hydro assets. Wind and hydro production are generally complementary, with high wind power generation tending to occur during the low hydro season.