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Bill Clinton speaks at Coclé wind project

The wind park is the largest in the region.

It was built with a $436 million investment.

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Former United States President Bill Clinton toured the wind park in Coclé today with representatives of the project developer InterEnergy Holdings and government authorities.

Clinton, wearing jeans and a Panama hat, gave a short speech that stressed the importance of wind energy in the world.

"It is very important that the people of Panama and Central America realize that this region of the world is very vulnerable to climate change," he said, noting that the region benefits from renewable energy projects.

Ivan Barría, manager of electricity distribution company Etesa, said that two additional licenses for such projects have been granted. Once completed, Panama will have 550 megawatts of wind power, he said.

Wind power is a key aspect of Panama's power matrix, because the wind is strongest in the dry season, when hydroelectric projects are at their lowest points of production.

Bill Clinton recorre parque eólico en Coclé Expandir Imagen
Bill Clinton recorre parque eólico en Coclé

Rolando González Bunster, president of Interenergy Holdings, said the $436 million project is the largest in the region and provides clean, renewable energy. 

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