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50 Shades of Green

Posted by charla on August 10, 2015
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By Suzanne Mahadeo

August 3, 2015

THIS IS THE FIRST in a series of blog posts for Panama Source Real Estate in the area of renewable energy, or sustainability. This topic of “greening our environment” has taken hold all around the world in the past few years (and has always been a way of life for many cultures around the globe). As more and more expats choose Panama as their final destination for retirement or raising their young families, we want to explore this topic in greater depth. Without getting too “hippy dippy,” most people will agree that it’s critical to do more good than harm to the planet we all share. Just like you would clean your home, do maintenance on your car, and make sure your body has the nutritious fuel it needs to get through the day, it’s up to us humans to make sure we are utilising the earth in sustainable ways that minimize harm to our environment while we reach our goals of having a prosperous life. This series will explore the many ways that expats and locals in Panama are trying their best to have a badass life while protecting our planet at the same time.


An ode to Carl Sagan

This start to the series will include:

  • Wind turbine farm in Panama: the largest in Central America
  • Current levels of interest in sustainability in Panama
  • A hopeful outlook of the green possibilities in the next 5-10 years
  • Options/real estate agents who may be able to help expats find a place in Panamaif they’re interested in a green lifestyle
For starters, less than a year ago, the World Bank approved a $300 million deal to finance the ongoing construction of a 220-megawatt wind farm in Penonome, Panama, which will be the largest in all of Central

America. The aim is for thewind farm to provide power to
850,000 people of the almost
4 million residents who livehere.Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 20.24.14
Just 93 miles (150km)
from Panama City, the wind
farm will have 86 wind tur-
bines and generate an annual
448 gigawatt hours of electric-
ity, or the equivalent of 5 to 10
percent of Panama’s total
power demand per year.
While the country still has a
long way to go in terms of supporting the country’s full needs, this wind farm is a good start as it is forecasted to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tons each year, saving 900,000 barrels of oil, according to Reuters.

As more expats arrive in Panama looking for new possibilities, the diversity of folks will continue to increase. One young expat from Colorado I talked to, Ted Reynolds, shared his feelings: “Panama has the potential to become a world leader in…development and progress. The lands are fertile, the waters still clean, the jungle still wild. It is a place to be connected with nature and with technology.” Ted and others with similar interests in green technology are excited and looking toward a future where building materials in Panama will be more sustainable, affordable, and accessible.


Panama is already green!

Everything from hempcrete (which can last hundreds of years and becomes even stronger over time, as opposed to concrete that crumbles, and wood that warps) to earthships built with the blood, sweat, and tears of DIYers, to pre-fab Mandala Homes shipped from Canada for around $90k, and shipping containers with a starting pricetag of $2k, are ex- citing possibilities to think about. As these ideas become more popular, it is only a matter of time before vendors and builders offer these and more sustainable materials so people can build or have their homes built sustainably in Panama. A quick search on the internet will lead you down a rabbit hole of inspiring options in the range of $10-$90k for build- ing a basic-to-comfortable dwelling made of renewable, sustainable materials. The limit is your imagination in this field and there is nothing wrong with that!Untitled3

It’s only a matter of time before more sustainable options are available as building materials in Panama…!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to living a healthy, green lifestyle and putting your words into action to make the world a better, more sustainable place for our present and our collective futures.

As for the current homes that are available for sale or rent, please get in touch with Panama Source Real Estate to get some first-hand info on how you can live in Panama and bring your green lifestyle with you.




Charla Armstrong

Panama Source Real Estate

Panama Cell: 011 (+507) 6781-0333



Author bio:                  Suzanne Mahadeo is a Panama-based writer/editor from Queens, NY.

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