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Mexican regulator greenlights four solar projects - BNamericas

Mexican regulator greenlights four solar projects - BNamericas | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Mexican energy regulator CRE has granted small producer permits to four solar PV projects, according to the watchdog's project registry.

Local firm Sonnergía received a permit for a 30MW solar park near Caborca, Sonora state, which expects to generate 75GWh/y.

Construction is planned to take place in four phases, the first two of which are scheduled to begin in October and come online in May 2014; phases three and four are expected online in November 2014 and May 2015, respectively.

Local developer Sol de Insurgentes received a permit for a 27.2MW solar installation in Comondú municipality of Baja California Sur state.

The project, which expects to generate 75GWh/y, began construction in August and expects to be commercially operational by May 2014.

And Mexican downstream energy firm Grupo Baz received permits for two wind parks. The 21.5MW Santo Domingo solar PV project is planned near the city of the same name in Baja California Sur's Comondú municipality with annual output of 47.8GWh.

Work on the project is set to begin in October and the full 21.5MW should be operational by April 2014.

Baz's 13MW El Triunfo solar park is planned near the city of the same name in Baja California Sur's La Paz municipality with annual output of 28.9GWh. Work is also scheduled to start this month and completed by April 2014.

Under the small producer modality projects may have capacity up to 30MW and all power is sold directly to national utility CFE.

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Energías renovables en El Salvador: se instalarán 40 MW de eólica y 60 MW de energía solar fotovoltaica | REVE - Revista Eólica y del Vehículo Eléctrico

La potencia que se espera contratar ha sido dividida en 40 MW generados con proyectos de energía eólica, y 60 MW con proyectos que produzcan energía solar fotovoltaica

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Mexico set to invest in 30MW solar plant

Mexico set to invest in 30MW solar plant | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

The Mexican Environment Ministry has confirmed it is in talks with an unnamed company to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) that would support a new 30MW power plant.

 

Córdoba Ariel Wilson, director general of energy at the ministry (SEMARNAT), said the government was in the third round of talks with the company over a 25-year PPA for the project in the state of Tabasco.

 

"This farm will be Mexican-funded with German technology and is intended to be the largest photovoltaic farm in Latin America with a capacity of 30MW," he said.

 

Wilson also revealed that the power company involved in the talks had offered to donate the solar farm to the state of Tabasco at the end of the 25-year agreement free of charge.

 

The cost of the project is MXN1.2 billion (US$91.2 million) and it is estimated that it could be online before the end of 2014.

No further details on the manufacturers involved with the project have been provided.

 

A number of large solar farms are proposed in Latin America with several 100MW-plus developments mooted in Chile.

 

Solar has been hotly tipped in several Latin American countries but infrastructure and regulatory challenges remain.

 

Brazil recently announced solar projects would be eligible for the next round of its renewable energy auctions.

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Mexican government to present energy reform next week

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Aug. 1 his administration will present a reform plan for energy giant Pemex next week, setting the stage for a major debate over the state monopoly’s future.

 

Overhauling Petróleos de México, known by its acronym Pemex, is one of the most politically sensitive reforms being pushed by Peña Nieto since he took office eight months ago.

 

“The government will present in the coming days, I expect next week, my initiative on this issue,” Peña Nieto told Radio Fórmula from a hospital room, a day after he underwent a successful surgery to remove a benign thyroid nodule.

 

Peña Nieto did not provide details, but he said the reform aims to “increase productivity and competitiveness, generate jobs and secure cheaper energy” for Mexicans and companies.

 

 

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Jordy Herrera on Mexico’s Energy Model

Jordy Herrera on Mexico’s Energy Model | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Analyzing the Mexican energy sector without looking at our country’s modern history might lead to erroneous conclusions regarding the bases on which it is designed.

 

The Constitution establishes that the national government holds direct control of all natural resources and it has sole authority over their exploitation. Therefore the national government holds a monopoly on the primary production of energy through its state-owned companies.  Mexico’s modern history can be situated in the early twentieth century in the post-revolutionary period; upon consolidation of the modern state, a profoundly nationalist culture was established in the following few decades. In the original spirit of the Constitution it is debatable whether the model for the energy sector was as restrictive to non-state ownership of natural resources with the subsequent ban on private and foreign investment — or whether this was modified over time to what we understand today.

 

Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) is the prevailing operator in fossil fuel exploration and exploitation in Mexico today.  With an investment of about $25 billion in 2012 alone, it currently produces 2.5 million barrels of oil a day, and slightly more than 6 billion cubic feet of gas daily.  According to the International Energy Agency, this volume of production keeps the country among the ten most important oil producing countries in the world.  PEMEX also contributes over a third of the public sector’s total income, making its role in Mexico’s future even more significant.

 

As a result of the first legal reform in the sector since 2008, PEMEX may subcontract those jobs it deems appropriate, pursuant to current international models of performance contracts.   Along the fossil fuel value chain, private investment is only allowed in the areas of transportation, storage and distribution of natural gas, and in any secondary petrochemical activity.  It should be noted that Mexico is the only country in the world to have separated the petrochemical industry in Basic (primary inputs) and Secondary (processed inputs).  In terms of proven reserves, production – and therefore public sector income – is guaranteed for the next decade at least, because for the first time the restitution rate of proven reserves has exceeded 100 percent.  Only a little over ten years ago that rate was below 25 percent.

 

For full article: http://www.lacreview.com/2013/07/jherreralacer/mexicos-energy-model/

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Experts urge an end to CFE's power monopoly in Mexico

The key to a comprehensive energy reform in Mexico is reconfiguring the power sector to end national utility CFE's monopoly over the entire value chain, experts said at an energy reform debate hosted by Mexican think tank Cidac.

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Suntech Powers Latin America with Largest Solar Field

Suntech Powers Latin America with Largest Solar Field | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Suntech Power Holdings, one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced that it is supplying the photovoltaic modules for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30MW plant in La Paz,Baja California Sur, Mexico.

 

The 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectares site. Owned by Corporacion Aura Solar, the project is being developed by Gauss Energia, a leading Mexican energy project developer focused on renewable energy.

 

The project has strong financial support from Mexican local development bank NAFIN, and from the International Finance Corporation. It is Mexico's first utility-scale solar project with a Power Purchase Agreement from Mexico's federal power company.

 

E.L. McDaniel, Managing Director of Suntech America, said, "We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America. With Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region."

 

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, "The construction of Latin America's largest PV plant confirms our best expectations for 2013. This is an emblematic project for Martifer Solar, in a region that, due to its irradiation characteristics, finds solar electricity as a viable and more competitive alternative, when compared with non-renewable energy sources. We consider Mexico as a key market in Martifer Solar's internationalization strategy."

 

Hector Olea, CEO of Gauss Energia, said, "Aura Solar is the first project of a larger initiative that aims to become a platform to develop utility-scale PV facilities in Mexico. With Mexico's solar potential expected to reach around 2,000 MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and it is paving the way for future projects in the field. We are quite satisfied to have worked with Suntech and Martifer on this project."

 

The plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh/year, equivalent to offsetting more than 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The plant's construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.


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Enel Green Power Wins Two Contracts in Mexico Worth $485 Million

Enel Green Power Wins Two Contracts in Mexico Worth $485 Million | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Enel Green Power, one of Europe's biggest renewable energy companies by market value, Monday said it won two wind power contracts in Mexico worth a combined $485 million as it expands in countries with strong economic growth.

 

In a statement, Enel Green Power said it signed two long-term power purchase agreements with automotive supplier Delphi Automotive PLC and Mexican bank Banamex, a unit of Citigroup Inc.

 

The energy sold will come from the Dominica 100 megawatts wind farm that Enel Green Power will start building in the coming months in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, with an initial investment of $196 million, it said.

The Rome-based company is controlled by Enel SpA (ENEL.MI) and runs renewables plants in Latin America with a total installed capacity of 990MW.

 

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Major Solar Projects in Mexico Move Ahead

Major Solar Projects in Mexico Move Ahead | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Mexico’s first double-digit utility-scale solar projects are heading into the pipeline. The first 20-MW phase of Sonora80M’s proposed solar park in Hermosillo, located in the northern state of Sonora, is planned to begin construction this year and come online in the first quarter of 2014; ultimately Sonora80M is planning four stages totaling 80 MW of capacity.

 

The project now has a new offtaker: Ford Motor Company, which has a local stamping and assembly plant, will take 15 percent of the power generated from the project’s first phase. Sonora80M Group already had secured 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with seven local municipalities: Alamos, Caborca, Splice, Etchojoa, Guaymas, Santa Ana, and Hermosillo. Martifer Solar is contracted for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) on the project.

 

Meanwhile, there’s an even bigger project on the horizon on 100 hectares in La Paz, Baja California: Gauss Energía’s 30-MW Aura 1, which is being referred to as the biggest solar PV project in all of Latin America. The site will incorporate 132,000 panels on single-axis trackers, with production capacity of 82 GWh/year, and it has a 20-year PPA with Mexico’s Comisioón Federal de Electricidad. Construction is slated to be completed in August 2013, with Martifer also doing the work. The company points out that Mexico’s largest operating solar project is just 5 MW, and the country’s total is just 13 MW of installed solar energy capacity.  

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Nissan green energy program to grow in Mexico

Nissan plans to expand a green energy program that provides wind power and landfill gas to help run its Aguascalientes, Mexico, assembly plant.

The program, which for a year has used a wind farm in southern Mexico and methane from the Aguascalientes city dump, has cut the plant's utility costs by between 10 and 13 percent, said Marco Antonio Rivera, senior manager for energy and environment at Nissan Mexico.

 

Nissan's renewable energy program supplies half of the Aguascalientes plant's power. The automaker plans to expand the program to its assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and to a second Aguascalientes plant that is to open this year, Rivera says.

 

"We've had good success with renewable energy, and it has the potential to do more," he says.

 

Nissan's program requires it to contract for 75 percent of the output of Mexico's largest wind farm, consisting of 35 large wind turbines in Oaxaca state, some 600 miles away. The effort replaces about 5.3 million gallons of fuel oil.

 

But the wind dies to stillness in Oaxaca each year from June through September, Rivera says, leaving Nissan potentially without 45 percent of its energy needs for four months.

 

For those months, Nissan builds up power credits that allow it to be supplied through Mexico's centralized national utility grid.

 

Nissan also hopes to get 8 to 9 percent of its power from generators that run on methane from the Aguascalientes city landfill. Because of some leakage and inefficiency in the system, Nissan is getting only about 5 percent. But Rivera believes the system can yield more.

He said Nissan also is investigating the potential of local hydroelectric power.

 

"We are looking at other renewable sources," Rivera says. "There is a challenge to balancing the mix of sources that are necessary to do this. There are many variables that are impossible to control, like the wind.

 

 

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Enel Green Power Signs $100M Loan To Fund Mexican Investments

Enel Green Power Signs $100M Loan To Fund Mexican Investments | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Enel Green Power (EGP), through its subsidiary Inelec, has concluded an agreement with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Bancomer for a $100 million loan aimed at partially covering its planned investments in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The five-year loan will be disbursed by year-end at an interest rate in line with the market benchmark and will be backed by a parent company guarantee released by EGP. Enel says it currently has around 197 MW of installed capacity in Mexico, 144 MW of which is wind power.

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Mexico Energy Grid Construction Provides Opportunity for Foreign Companies

 

While Mexico has long been an energy producer thanks to its plentiful oil reserves, foreign investment in its energy market has been rather difficult due to the fact that the oil industry was nationalized and is now under the thumb of PEMEX, the Mexican oil monopoly. At first glance, this might mean that when private investors from abroad see that there’s going to be some energy grid construction in Mexico, they might not get too excited.

However, there’s a very good reason why foreign companies should get excited about this planned energy grid construction that’s happening in the country south of the United States:  this energy grid will be powered by solar resources, not fossil fuels.

 

The solar market in Mexico is located on cheap land that’s right in the middle of the southern sun-belt in the desert states of Chihuahua and Sonora; furthermore, the area receives so much sun that some experts are saying that a small patch of land (25 square kilometers) will provide sufficient solar power to supply all of Mexico’s electricity needs.

 

Because legislation has been passed in Mexico’s government to reduce carbon emissions by 30% in the next seven years, companies have been switching over to renewable energy resources.  Natural gas in Mexico is in limited supply, so there’s been a big push to develop solar power.

 

But what does this mean for foreign companies?  Well, first of all, Mexico is planning on making the grid far bigger than it needs to be to meet present demand so that surplus energy produced can be exported to the United States.  The U.S. has been described as a “guzzler of electricity”, and during U.S. president Obama’s recent visit to Mexico City, the American head of state spoke of energy partnerships between the two neighbors.

This means that companies that specialize in cross-border transport infrastructure will have a lucrative market exporting energy from the solar fields in Mexico to the United States.

 

Furthermore, PEMEX doesn’t control renewables, and there is only one utility to deal with, the CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad).  This means that independent companies that produce solar power can set up shop in Mexico and start contributing towards the grid.

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JCM Capital to Fund Solar PV Project Development in Mexico

JCM Capital to Fund Solar PV Project Development in Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

JCM Capital (JCM) announced today that it has established a company in Mexico to invest in utility-scale ground based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The company will focus on projects of 20MW and larger, and is actively seeking suitable project sites and development partners.

 

JCM is looking to invest with municipal and state governments to provide solar energy through direct Power Purchase Agreements. JCM will also partner with corporations to provide an alternative source of power at a competitive rate that will provide cost reductions over a 25-year period.

 

JCM will fund project specific development costs such as land acquisition, engineering, legal advisors, permitting and interconnection studies. JCM will facilitate sustainable economic development in an environmentally responsible way and bring cleaner, more affordable electricity to governments and businesses.

 

JCM’s Executive VP, Justin Woodward, comments that, “This company is a key part of our corporate strategy to grow our business internationally. We anticipate that Mexico will have explosive growth potential considering its high irradiance levels and the increasing cost of energy.”

 

JCM has a current target to fund and develop an initial 100MW of projects in Mexico. Michael Strait, JCM’s COO, comments, “JCM has the necessary capital, construction and long-term financial partners, as well as solar PV expertise to complement our local partners’ market knowledge and project management capabilities.”

 

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Eólica y energías renovables: nuevo parque eólico con aerogeneradores de Impsa y NRG en Argentina | REVE - Revista Eólica y del Vehículo Eléctrico

Eólica y energías renovables: nuevo parque eólico con aerogeneradores de Impsa y NRG en Argentina | REVE - Revista Eólica y del Vehículo Eléctrico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

El primer parque eólico de la empresa pública Vientos de la Patagonia, creada en 2006 por la empresa estatal ENARSA (80%) y el gobierno de la provincia de Chubut (20%), inicio la comercialización en el Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista (MEM) de la energía que genera.

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Mexico City wants solar public lighting - BNamericas

Mexico City wants solar public lighting - BNamericas | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it
Mexico City should be using solar PV to power public lighting in order to cut exorbitant power costs, representative from the leftist PRD party Alejandro...
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Volkswagen de Mexico Agrees To Power Two Plants With Wind Energy

Volkswagen de Mexico Agrees To Power Two Plants With Wind Energy | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Volkswagen de Mexico plans to power two automotive and engine plants with the output from a nearby 180 MW wind farm being planned in La Bufa, in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

The automaker and Mexico Power Group signed an agreement for the yearly supply of 290 GWh of renewable energy, which, according to Volkswagen, will supply 60% of power requirements at the factories beginning in September 2014.

Volkswagen notes that the initiative is part of its "Think Blue" factory strategy, which calls for a 25% reduction of its global environmental footprint by 2018. In addition to energy savings and the reduction of the CO2 generated in its production processes, the company intends to reduce water consumption, emissions and industrial wastes.

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EDF unit commissions wind power project in Mexico

EDF unit commissions wind power project in Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

EDF Mexico, a unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, brought to commercial operation the 164 MW Bii Stinu Wind Project. Mitsui & Co., through MIT Renewables Mexico, (MITRE Mexico), holds 50 percent of the common stock of Eoliatec del Istmo who owns the Bii Stinu Wind Project.

 

Located in Juchitan, in southeast Oaxaca, Bii Stinu is comprised of 82 Gamesa G80 turbines. Power generated from the project will be delivered to various entities of five major private-sector corporations, based on power purchase agreements for 15 years.

 

Purchasing companies include: Arcelor Mittal Steel Lazaro Cardenas, Walmart Mexico, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Herdez, Continental Automotive Guadalajara.

EDF EN Mexico has now placed into service 231.5 MW of gross wind capacity with 160 MW in active construction.

 

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Suntech supplies modules for the largest solar plant in Latin America

Suntech supplies modules for the largest solar plant in Latin America | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Suntech Power Holdings has announced that it is to supply solar modules for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, located at La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Suntech Ve and Vd modules will be installed by Martifer Solar, based in Portugal. The project is owned by Corporacion Aura Solar and being developed by Mexican project devolper Gauss Energia with strong financial support from the Mexican local development bank NAFIN.

It is Mexico’s first utility-scale solar project and a Power Purchase Agreement has already been signed with Mexico’s federal power company.“We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America” said E.L. McDaniel, the Managing Director of Suntech America. “With Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region.”

Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar commented that the plant is an emblematic project for his company in a region where solar is a more viable and competitive alternative to non-renewable energy sources. He added that Martifer Solar views Mexico as a key market in the company’s internationalization strategy.

The plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh per year, offsetting more than 60,000 tons of carbon emissions per year. Completion of the project is expected in August 2013.

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Suniva Commissions 500 kW PV System In Mexico

Suniva Inc. has completed a 500 kW commercial PV system in Queretaro, Mexico. Suniva partnered with Radiance Solar and Grupo Metal Intra (GMI) on the project. Suniva says 1,632 of its OPT300 modules and SMA's Sunny Central inverter were used.

"Completing Suniva's first full system installation in Mexico from the design to the final grid connection has been a collaborative effort," says Sol Haroon, lead systems engineer at Suniva. "Working with GMI on installation of the racking and wiring, and Radiance on design and grid interconnection has been a great experience."

Suniva says the Export-Import Bank of the United States and its affiliate, UPS Capital, provided financing for the system and installation.

 

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Mexico's energy reform moving closer...

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal could come as early as August despite earlier reports it would not be presented until September, local daily Reforma reported.

 

"They are working on it and I'm sure President Enrique Peña Nieto, working with the treasury and energy ministry, will present his energy reform in August," Emilio Gamboa, coordinator for Peña Nieto's PRI party in the senate, told the paper.

 

While the right-wing PAN and leftist PRD have been vocal about energy reform recently, the future of Mexico's energy sector and national oil company Pemex is dependent on the ruling PRI's stance.

 

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The Energy Reform Will Repower Mexico- "We Will Not Give Up"

The Energy Reform Will Repower Mexico- "We Will Not Give Up" | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Ahead of Mexico's hotly anticipated energy reform David Pencheyna, President of the Senate Energy Commission, inaugurated the Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress, highlighting the importance of renewables in Mexico's future energy mix.

 

Ahead of Mexico's hotly anticipated energy reform David Pencheyna, President of the Senate Energy Commission, inaugurated the Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress, highlighting the importance of renewables in Mexico's future energy mix.

 

Senator Pencheyna stated that whilst Mexico has always relied heavily on oil for both energy supply and export, output has slowly decreased and renewable energy is now vitally important in securing a viable energy future.

The development of a strong political and legal framework to ensure the sound deployment of renewable energy is a great priority of the reform, especially as international developers are now tuned in to Mexico's great solar and wind potential.

The reform will also focus on the potential of renewable energy to play an active role in the country's economic development, much in the way the telecommunications reform created a competitive national framework: "We are devoting a lot to this movement and creating incentives to improve the GDP. This will help generate jobs in the energy sector and reduce our deficit over the next two decades. It is important to create public and private partnerships to encourage investment in our country. Overall, we are increasing our awareness and improving our education to better our national products".

The Senator closed the inauguration acknowledging the importance of renewable development for future generations: "When we look face to face with our children and grandchildren we realize we have a great level of responsibility to them."

MIREC 2013 also welcomed representatives from SENER and SENARMAT to further discuss the PRI's vision for renewable development. Ramon Olivias from the Secretary of Electricity noted that: "the administration would like to get to 43 GW of renewable energy online over the next 15 years- to do this we need to improve and streamline the grid. The Administration supports renewable energy development, and is working in close collaboration with other energy sector agencies."

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Spain's Comsa Emte wins wind farm contract in Mexico

Spain's Comsa Emte said it would join Iberdrola in completing the electrical work for a wind farm being developed by Gamesa in Mexico.

 

The contract is Comsa Emte's first for a renewable energy facility in Mexico.

The 234 MW wind farm is located in Juchitan de Zaragoza, a city in the southern state of Oaxaca, and will help the Spanish company enter the Mexican renewable energy market.

 

Comsa Emte said the contract covered construction and electrical work, fiber optics, the land network and other aspects of the project.

 

The Spanish company has obtained numerous electrical contracts from Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, and state-owned oil giant Pemex. EFE

 

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GE inaugurates 22MW wind farm in Mexico - BNamericas

US multinational General Electric (NYSE: GE) has inaugurated the 22MW Santa Catarina wind farm in Mexico's Nuevo León state, news agency Notimex reported.

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Kyocera’s Solar Modules Installed on PV Carport at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California

Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that its solar modules have been installed on a new photovoltaic (PV) carport at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California (TMMBC). The system was inaugurated today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante; Federico Serrano Banuelos, president of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana (AIM); Joe Da Rosa, president of TMMBC; and David Hester, president of Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.

The new carport canopy, which covers a portion of the TMMBC facility's parking area, will harness the sun's energy to further enhance Toyota's environmental friendliness and reduce carbon emissions by more than 28 tons each year. Designed and installed by Todo Solar MX, the system features 24 kilowatts (kW) of Kyocera solar modules and an SMA Sunny Boy power inverter to generate up to 121 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each day - equivalent to the daily energy requirements of about 15 typical Tijuana-area homes.

 

"Toyota's commitment to the environment is a way of life, both within our operations and in our products -- as exemplified by award-winning vehicles like the Toyota Tundra pickup and Prius hybrid sedan," said Joe Da Rosa, president of TMMBC. "We are pleased to partner with Kyocera to install this solar carport as a visible reminder of our efforts to create a healthier environment for future generations."

 

TMMBC has been manufacturing Toyota trucks and cars in its Baja California facility since 2002, where it employs 985 people.

 

Kyocera and Toyota have a history of collaboration on projects to benefit the environment. In 2008, Toyota's Tsutsumi Plant in Japan installed a Kyocera solar power generating system rated at 2,000kW, enough to power about 500 local households. Additionally, Kyocera's solar cells are integrated into a unique Solar Powered Ventilation System available as an option on select Toyota Prius hybrid automobiles.

 

"Kyocera is delighted to assist Toyota in achieving its renewable energy goals," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "We are especially pleased to support applications like the Toyota manufacturing plant in Baja California and the globally renowned Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle."

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MECASOLAR presents horizontal tracker at the Solar Power Mexico conference

MECASOLAR, a multinational company that designs, manufactures and supplies solar trackers, fixed structures for ground or roof-mounted installations and foundation screws for large solar PV installations, is participating today and tomorrow, 29 and 30 May, in Solar Power Mexico, held in Mexico DF. Solar Power Mexico is the leading event of the solar energy industry in the country.

The multinational company has its own stand in the 2nd edition of this trade show, where it will introduce its horizontal single-axis tracker. In addition, MECASOLAR wants to reach new deals and add more projects to those it already has in its Mexican portfolio for 2013.

To date, MECASOLAR has manufactured and delivered more than 343MW in solar trackers and structures to over 500 PV solar farms in more than 40 countries in all five continents. The company has manufacturing plants in Spain, Italy, Canada, USA and Greece. Leader in the solar power sector, it supplies all types of structures for PV installations, from horizontal or polar-aligned dual-axis trackers to fixed structures combined with Mecascrew, its self-developed foundation screw.

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