Solar Market Outlook in Panama
The National Energy Plan 2015-2020 of Panama has an ambitious target of making 70 percent of the country’s energy supply coming from a renewable source within a 35-year period. This plan is part of the country’s long-term roadmap towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through its energy system.
The country has considered its renewable energy capacity and there are plenty of sources available. Therefore, they are not just looking at solar energy sources but others too like wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower.
In 2019, Panama has reached 500 MW in solar PV energy. This was a huge leap from the previous year’s 176 MW solar capacity. This solar capacity rate is expected to continue growing as more solar projects are granted licenses. One of the largest projects to date is that of a Spanish firm that is looking at investing in a solar farm.
Despite the positive outlook for the Panama solar market, there are undeniable challenges that the government is hoping to address. Among these challenges are the current power-market model (that favors conventional energy sources) and lack of flexibility measures.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Panama
There are many global suppliers and distributors of solar power equipment that are serving the Panama market. This is good news as the local solar power investments are still in its infancy stage. Therefore, residential and industrial segments looking to expand its solar installations will have enough options available.
Top 4 Major Seaports & Logistics in Panama
Panama has easy access to ports that facilitate logistics and handling of goods like solar power equipment from all over the globe. The list of the major seaports in Panama that facilitate handling of imported and exported goods include the ports in
- Panama City
- Colon, Balboa
Solar Panel Lifter
What is a Solar Panel Lifter?
Solar Panel Lift or Solar lifts are lifting systems with a ladder to lift the Solar panels up onto the roofs. Most of the households have peculiar shapes for roofs. These roofs are ideal for sunlight and solar panels. But the installation and mounting can be a tricky business.
Solar lifts have a capacity of a few hundred lbs to several lbs. These lifts are designed specially to carry fragile panels that can get damaged with a simple fall. Some of the latest models of these lifts have hydraulic lifting mechanisms as well.
For large Solar plants big mechanical solar lifts are used to place the panels in their place. These machines are operated by trained operators.
Where is a Solar Panel Lifter used?
Solar panel lifters are used to carry the Solar panels and place them in the metallic frames. These lifters are designed to work remotely without any external power sources. Some lifters have hydraulics attached to them to help lift heavy objects.
Advantages Solar Panel Lifter
One major advantage of the Solar Panel Lifters is their custom design to install the Solar panels.
- Designed to minimize the damage to the panel.
- Can be operated by few laborers without any high tech machinery.
- Sometimes lifts are used in place of the lifters.
How does a Solar Panel Lifter work?
Solar Panel lifters are attached to the wall or roof like ladders and the panels are rolled onto these ladders. Sometimes a remote is used to operate these lifts and cranes.
What are some major brands of Solar Panel Lifters?
Here is the list of major Solar Panel lifters from across the world. Majority of these are from the USA and European countries.
- B&W Manufacturing
- Böcker Maschinenwerke
- Energy Smart Water
- GEDA USA