Panama to seek bids for rural program including small hydro

Panama’s Office of Rural Electrification plans to seek bids from consultants, builders, and suppliers for a rural electrification program that could include small hydropower projects.

The government received a US$30 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to finance the program. (HNN 10/13/06) IADB previously said the program would promote public and private investment to serve 30,000 rural households, increasing rural electricity coverage by 10 percent.

The program is to include a system of subsidies for new investments that are to motivate private enterprises to invest in rural electrification, either through grid extension or renewable energy projects in isolated areas. Among eligible renewable energy projects are small hydroelectric, wind, and solar facilities, IADB said.

The Office of Rural Electrification is expected to solicit consulting services, civil works, and equipment during 2007. The work is to be performed from 2007-2010.

For information, contact Director Ejecutivo Alexander Rodriguez, Oficina de Electrificacion Rural, Avenida San Felipe, Casco Viejo, Calle Septima, Edificio La Merced, Antiguo Monasterio, Segundo Piso, Ciudad de Panama, Panama; (507) 5079322; Fax: (507) 5278115; E-mail:


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