Bocas del Toro Generator Plant, Panama

Bocas del Toro Generator Plant

Bocas del Toro Generator Plant

Yup, you read that right. Generator plant.  I’m from the Gulf Coast of Florida (aka Hurricane Alley) and I lived in Africa for a year.    I know what it’s like to fall asleep to the “gentle” hum of a generator.  Now make that generator the size of a freight train and multiply it by four and you have the Bocas del Toro Generator Plant.

Surprisingly, it’s not that loud.  I stayed about 4 blocks from the plant and never heard it except for when I would jog past on my morning runs.  This plant provides power to the Islads of Bocas del Toro; Isla Colon, Carenero and Bastimentos.

There are plans to dial Bocas into the main grid in the future but many locals seem doubtful when asked about those plans.  Several business owners I spoke with enjoy the generator power as it prevents the construction of large scale resorts on the islands.  If the area is connected onto the main grid it would open that market up and put a crunch on the locally owned Bed and Breakfasts and hotels.

I had the opportunity to walk around the plant but I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside.  It’s quite an operation.  The generators use a HUGE amount of diesel fuel to operate twenty-four hours a day.  And they work.  I was in Bocas for 6 days and not once did the power go out.

But just in case, bring a flashlight!

Happy Traveling!