UGE, OTEPI announce largest commercial solar installation in Panama

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UGE International, a provider of renewable energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers, announced it has completed the installation of solar energy systems for six facilities owned by Cochez y Cia, SA in Panama.

The project was completed with local partner OTEPI Renewables.

The newly commissioned systems will substantially lower Cochez’s electricity bills at each site by offsetting up to 80 percent of the buildings’ energy usage, the company said.

With a capacity of 1.2MW, these six sites are the first of an estimated 22 site portfolio that UGE and OTEPI will install and commission in the next 12 months.

The installations will be the largest portfolio of commercial solar ever installed in Panama, the company said.

The grid-tied solar PV systems utilize UGE SeamlessGrid inverters and UGE’s award-winning ViewUGE Plus monitoring systems.

Panamanian law allows net metering for projects below 500kW; therefore each individual site will qualify.

With net metering, Cochez will maximize the return on investment from their solar systems and improve the carbon footprint.

According to Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE, Panama’s vast solar resources make it an ideal place for companies looking to use the sun’s energy to boost their bottom line.

“Since electricity costs often comprise a large portion of a facility’s operating expenses, smart companies like Cochez are switching to distributed energy to protect against future utility rate volatility,” Blitterswyk added.

UGE and OTEPI installed a 187.5kW system at another Cochez location earlier this year. The companies expect to deploy a total of 4.5MW across all of Cochez’s facilities in Panama, making it the largest commercial solar portfolio to be installed in the country.

Since signing a strategic agreement last year, UGE and OTEPI have emerged as market leaders for rooftop solar in the region, working together on several solar projects for commercial clients.

Demand for rooftop solar is growing rapidly in Central America.

According to a report by IHS Technology, total PV capacity is poised to reach 243MW in Central America by the end of this year, from just 6MW in 2013.

Rajani Baburajan

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