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Mexico Renewable Energy Outlook Promising

Mexico Renewable Energy Outlook Promising | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

When it comes to renewable energy investments, Mexico is at the forefront for foreign investors who are looking to manufacturing in Mexico while the country moves to more solar and wind projects. In fact, the renewable energy movement in Mexican manufacturing is huge when it comes to how this country is pursuing power sources other than fossil fuels. Also, there are recent U.S. and United Nations studies that points to Mexico leading the way in developing more "green" energy programs.

Mexican Manufacturing Goes Green
At a time when manufacturing in Mexico is booming, there is an associated trend for the country to spend more on natural energy projects to help boost the overall production and sales of clean-energy technologies and processes.

Moreover, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) praised Mexico for its processes for creating more low-carbon green energies that is designed to make the country more focused on green energy manufacturing both today and in the future. The UNEP also stated in a news release how Mexico is jumping on this global trend to go “green” with the development of more solar and wind manufacturing and technology performance.

Mexico Surges in Green Energy Investment
The UNEP report on regional surges in green energy investment pointed to spending growing steadily in Mexico as investments continue to pour in from the U.S. and other foreign countries that understand the importance of emerging economies when it comes to cost-competitiveness for wind and solar power manufacturing. In fact, a U.S. Department of Energy report notes how investments in environmentally friendly energy sources are shifting to developing nations such as Mexico with its energy grid construction that is also providing huge investment openings for U.S. and other foreign company investment.

For instance, Mexico has an international reputation as an energy producer. However, the country is moving away from just focusing foreign investments on its vast natural oil reserves. In turn, Mexico is presenting investors with an opportunity to invest in its new energy grid construction projects that are powered by wind and solar sources over previous methods that focused more on oil and other fossil fuels.

Promoting Solar Resources in Mexico
Mexico’s government has been at the forefront in the trend to reduce carbon emissions by more than 30% during the current decade, states information from the country’s energy agency that is currently promoting the development of wind and solar power sources to meet the country’s growing electricity requirements.

Another aspect of Mexico’s planning for more natural energy investments and partnerships is linked to a plan that will export surplus energy produced in Mexico to nearby partners in the U.S. In turn, this Mexico – U.S. natural energy partnership is spawning new interest for overseas investors who view the exporting of energy as a lucrative new green market for investment.

Overall, Mexico continues to be at the cutting-edge when it comes to the development of solar and wind energy sources and other renewable resource programs.

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for Mexico's largest renewable energy event!

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for Mexico's largest renewable energy event! | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress kicks off tomorrow at the Camino Real Polanco hotel. Do not miss out on the opportunity to attend the countries leading solar and wind power event- uniting everyone who is serious about doing business in Mexico...

 

500+ Attendees

80 Speakers

20 Countries Represented

30+ Exhibitors

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Vestas wins 155 MW wind turbine order from Mexico

Vestas wins 155 MW wind turbine order from Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

won a 155.1 MW wind turbine order for a wind power project in Baja California, Mexico. Under terms of the deal, Vestas will deliver and commission the turbines, install a SCADA system and service the turbines for five years.

 

The project will use 47 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines, one of Vestas’ newly launched 3 MW types, according to Power Engineering.

 

Energia Sierra Juarez, a unit of IEnova, placed the order. IEnova is formerly known as Sempra Mexico. Turbine deliveries are scheduled to start in the third quarter 2014, and the project is slated for commissioning in the first quarter 2015.

 
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Gehrlicher Solar Expands to Mexico

Gehrlicher Solar Expands to Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Leading International Solar PV Integrator Expands North American Market Footprint.

 

Springfield, N.J. Leveraging its market leading international experience, Gehrlicher Solar announced the company’s expansion into Mexico.

 

Based in Mexico City, the company will work closely with local developers, commercial customers, government agencies and the local utility, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (Federal Electricity Commission) to engineer, procure and construct high performance PV systems specifically for the Mexican market. In addition, Gehrlicher Solar Mexico has the ability to work and assist its developer partners to reduce upfront investment, mitigate risk and shorten project timelines.

 

“After a rapid and successful entry into the US marketplace in the last two years, we are confident our high performance and low cost EPC business model will add significant value to our business partners in the Mexican market. We look forward to supporting Mexico’s solar energy program via our heritage and international experience.” said Stefan Parhofer, Chief Executive Officer for Gehrlicher Solar America Corp.

 

Supporting the launch into the Mexico market, Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. will participate as a silver sponsor in Mexico’s leading renewable energy event, the 2nd Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress (MIREC) to be held on May 29th at the Camino Real Polanco Hotel in Mexico City.


Jesse Jones, Gehrlicher Vice-president of Finance and Development, will speak during conference on “Maximizing Mexican Potential: Lessons from Emerging Markets” on the subject of how to make the most of the Mexican solar energy potential and contribute to reach Mexico’s renewable generation target of 20% by 2016 and 35% by 2035.

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Jesse Jones, Gehrlicher Vice-president of Finance and Development, will speak during conference on “Maximizing Mexican Potential: Lessons from Emerging Markets”.

 

Register your place today! www.MIREC2013.com

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CEO of LatAms largest PV Project speaking exclusively at Solar Power Mexico!

CEO of LatAms largest PV Project speaking exclusively at Solar Power Mexico! | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Hector Olea, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gauss Energia will speak out for the first time on Mexico's hottest solar project!

 

Gauss Energia recently announced that it will launch into operation the US$100 million 30MW Aura Solar PV plant this August, which will be the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America when complete.

 

The generated electricity will be sold exclusively to the CFE under a 20-year PPA that as part of the conutry's first project under the Small Electricity Producers’ (Pequeña Producción de Energía Eléctrica) scheme.

 

Project partners the IFC and Martifer Solar will also be present at the event, alongside 300 international solar professionals at Mexico's premier solar power congress

 

Hear from Mr. Olea at 2.15pm on Wednesday 29 May, register your place today at www.MIREC2013.com

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Only 2 weeks left to join SENER, CFE and 450 attendees at Mexico's leading renewable energy event!

Only 2 weeks left to join SENER, CFE and 450 attendees at Mexico's leading renewable energy event! | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

With only 2 weeks to go until the Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress register using SCOOP20 to recieve a 20% discount!

 

For full details please visit www.mirec2013.com

 

80 speakers now include:


Carlos Ortiz, Director General for Energy Studies and Information, SENER


Ernesto Bachtold Moreno, Official Representative of the Minister of Environment and Director of Environmental Impact of Renewable Energy Resources, SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment)


Alejandro Peraza García, Director General, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)


Judith McGregor, British Ambassador to Mexico


Rudolf Knoblauch, Swiss Ambassador to Mexico


David Munoz, Director General of the State Energy Commission, Baja California


Manuel Gomez Peña, Director of Sustainability, Wal- MartFranciso Casillas, Vice President, Financial Planning, Grupo Bimbo


Miguel Angel Mendoza, Process Control Engineer, Nestlé Group MexicoEduardo Andrade Iturribarria, Corporate Director, Latin America, Iberdrola


Miguel Ángel Alonso Rubio, Director General, Acciona Energía México


Oswaldo Smith, Country Manager Mexico, Enel Green Power Jose Ruiz, Director, Project Development, North American Development Bank


Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter- American Development Bank


Andres Garcia-Novel, Senior Investment Officer, IFC

 

 

I look forward to meeting you in Mexico City!

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Mexico’s 2012 clean energy investments reached $1.9 billion, up 595% year over year

Mexico’s  2012 clean energy investments reached $1.9 billion, up 595% year over year | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Some $4.6 billion of clean energy investments were made in Latin America (excluding Brazil) in 2012, a whopping 127% increase from 2011, according to figures released in advance of the third annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum – Latin America & Caribbean (REFF-LAC), which is being held in Miami this week.

 

In sharp contrast to the strong gain in Latin America clean energy investments, new clean energy investments fell 11% year over year globally, from $302.32 billion in 2011 to $268.69 billion, according to the latest report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The global decrease was the first fall in renewable energy financing recorded by BNEF since it began collecting data.

 

LatinAmerica was a bright spot amid an overall decline in global renewable energy financing in 2012. Four countries experienced triple-digit clean energy investment growth

 

- Mexico’s total new financial investments in clean energy for 2012 reached $1.9 billion, up 595% year over year

 

- New financial investments in clean energy totaled $1 billion, up 313% from $246 million in 2011

 

- Uruguay’s total new investments in clean energy reached $105 million, a 285% year-over-year increase

 

- Total clean energy investments in Peru reached $643 million, a 176% increase from $233 million in 2011.

 

By dollar amount, Brazil actually led the Latin America & Caribbean regionwhen it came to total clean energy investments. Some $5.17 billion of capital was invested in clean energy in South America’s largest nation in 2012, according to BNEF. Mexico ($1.998 billion) and Chile ($1.018 billion) ranked second and third, respectively.

Turning to 2012, LatAm-Caribbean investments in clean energy sectors, biomass and waste attracted the most capital ($822.34 million), biofuels followed ($539.47 million), and geothermal ranked third ($76.69 million), BNEF found.

 

“The increased investments in non-Brazil Latin America was driven by increased activity by the Inter-American Development Bank,” Maria Gabriela da Rocha Oliveira, BNEF’s head of Latin America Research and Analysis, was quoted in a press release. “Additionally, European players, both project developers and manufacturers, have become more active in the region given grim conditions at home.”

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Fox Energy to manufacture Silvantis solar PV modules in Mexico

Fox Energy to manufacture Silvantis solar PV modules in Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

A subsidiary of Foxconn Technology (New Taipei, Taiwan) has entered into an agreement to manufacture up to 350 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for SunEdison LLC (Beltsville, Maryland, U.S.) at its facility in Juarez (Mexico).


SunEdison says that the agreement is part of its strategy to leverage the manufacturing expertise of partners like Fox Energy at lower costs, as well as facilitating its global expansion.


“We're thrilled to partner with Fox Energy to produce our Silvantis family of solar modules,” said SunEdison Solar Module Business Unit GM Gokul Krishnan.

 

“Fox Energy's global footprint allows SunEdison to manufacture modules near our high growth end-markets which helps us keep costs down while meeting local content requirements.”

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Nissan, Mexican plant develop wind-wind plan

Nissan, Mexican plant develop wind-wind plan | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Nissan’s Aguascalientes plant in Mexico has become a leading user of renewable energy.

 

The manufacturing plant recently integrated wind power into its energy mix, meaning it now generates 50 per cent of its total energy needs through renewable sources.

 

As a result, the Nissan March, Versa, Sentra and the soon-to-be-released Nissan Note are all produced in Aguascalientes in a cleaner, more sustainable way.

 

Since the beginning of the year, 45 per cent of the plant’s energy for manufacturing comes from a wind farm in Oaxaca, which is operated by Nissan’s strategic partner ENEL.

 

This is not the first time Nissan Mexicana has invested in renewable energy. In January 2012, Aguascalientes set a new industry standard by becoming the world’s first automotive plant to use electric energy generated through biogas.

 

This innovative method uses waste from the town’s landfill site as fuel to generate energy for the plant.

 

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New Wind Power Project in Mexico from Delphos International

New Wind Power Project in Mexico from Delphos International | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Delphos International won an international tender from Baja California State Energy Commission to lead a U.S. Trade and Development Agency ("USTDA")-funded feasibility study that assesses the financial, legal, technical, and environmental feasibility of a 50 MW wind power project in Baja California, Mexico.

 

Delphos International is providing recommendations as to the preferred financing structure for the project, assessing various financing options for the recommended structure, consulting with potential public and private financing organization, analyzing the project's financial viability, and preparing a financial model with sensitivity analysis for different financial configurations. The $374,000 grant funding the tender was provided to the Baja California Energy Commission by the USTDA.

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Mexican regulator grants three solar generation permits

Mexican regulator grants three solar generation permits | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Mexico's energy regulator CRE has granted power generation permits to three solar parks, BNamericas has learned.

 

German developer Saferay Solar received a small producer permit for its 30MW La Pasión park near La Paz, Baja California Sur state.

 

Construction on the park began last year and it is expected to begin selling power to state-owned utility CFE by December 2013. Estimated annual generation is 58.2GWh.

 

Tai Durango Uno received a small producer permit for its 15.6MW Las Animas solar park near Colonia Hidalgo, Durango state.

It expects to supply 32.4GWh/y to CFE once it operations begin in July 2013.

 

And Generadora Solar Apaseo received a self-supply permit for the 1MW concentrated PV plant of the same name in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato state. US-based SolFocus is supplying the concentrated PV system.

The offtaker of the estimated 2.18GWh annual generation is Mexican manufacturer Vistamex.

 

The project is expected to come online in 4Q13.

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Building starts on first project in Tamaulipas

Building starts on first project in Tamaulipas | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Building work has commenced on the 54MW El Porvenir wind development project, the first one to date to go forward in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

 

The project, which has already signed up for V100-1.8 MW wind turbines from Danish manufacturer Vestas, landed a $51 million project finance deal with the North American Development Bank (NADB) in January this year.
                    

The project is developed by special purpose developer firm Compañía Eólica de Tamaulipas (Cetsa), a consortium of retailer Soriana, together with property developer Gemex and Swiss investment group Grupo Ecos. Soriana will buy the power generated through a 15-year power purchase agreement with Cetsa.
                     
Vestas, which announced the contract December 28 without revealing the project or developer, stated then: "delivery of the turbines is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013 and the wind power plant is expected to be commercially operational during the first quarter of 2014."

 

Sourced from: http://www.windpowerintelligence.com/article/DtoCwsjG0dM/2013/04/03/mexico_building_starts_on_first_project_in_tamaulipas/

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47MW Solar PV Project on Track in Mexico

47MW Solar PV Project on Track in Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

As of April 1, 2013, 9.8 gigawatts of large-scale PV projects had been announced in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, the generating capacity of projects in operation is just 114 megawatts. Of the 9.8 gigawatts' worth of announced projects, 731 megawatts have signed off-take agreements of some sort (power purchase agreements, feed-in tariff contracts, etc.) and a further 168 megawatts are under construction. These large numbers have generated a lot of hype for various Latin American markets, in particular, for Chile, Mexico, and Brazil.

 

Sonora Energy Group’s 47-Megawatt CFE Project in Mexico

Sonora Energy Group (SEG), an American-Mexican solar developer, has a signed a twenty-year PPA with the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned utility, for its 46.8-megawatt SEGH-CFE I project in the state of Sonora. Though rates will vary over time, in the first year SEG should expect to receive about at $0.18 per kilowatt-hour. Though specific project details remain hazy, a key component of this deal going through was clear site control. Other developers cite a lack of transparency surrounding environmental permitting information and land reform as a bottleneck to utility-scale development in Mexico. Conveniently, the land for SEDGH-CFE 1 is privately owned and directly adjacent to a 632-megawatt heavy fuel burning power plant operated by CFE. Other than citing JP Morgan Chase as one of the principal investors in this project, SEG has divulged little about other projects or its organization in general, though it claims to have development activities ongoing around the world.

 

The PPA awarded to SEGH-CFE I is the first privately owned solar generation facility in Mexico to receive an IPP generator permit. ABB built the substation and Yingli has been contracted to supply modules.

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SOLAR SIMON's comment, April 4, 2013 9:23 AM
CFE are required by law to work with developers in Mexico and their aims or in the GW's by 2020 - The new President campaigned on a green agenda and once a few projects have gone through they will spring up all over the country.
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Ford Buying 3 MW of Large Mexican PV Project

Ford Buying 3 MW of Large Mexican PV Project | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Ford Motor Co. signed an agreement with Sonora80M to purchase 3 megawatts of one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) farms being built in Mexico. Sonora80M’s 20 megawatt PV farm is located in Hermosillo in the Mexican state of Sonora, where the company fittingly produces hybrid and other electric vehicles. It’s latest effort by Ford, which already has installed solar at manufacturing facilities in Germany and Michigan to incorporate more clean energy in its manufacturing processes. 

 

"One of the main concerns in the business is to safeguard the environment," said Jose Islas, director of manufacturing at Ford of Mexico. "That's why, in addition to producing hybrid and electric vehicles in our Hermosillo plant, from the first quarter of 2014, we will be using solar energy for our operations. Through the use of this energy source, [we] seek to reduce our carbon footprint and lower the cost associated with the use of electrical input, resulting in higher levels of productivity and competitiveness for the company.”

 

The off-site installation will consist of 20 megawatts in its first phase, which is slated for completion in 2014. But this is only part of the larger, four-phase, 80 megawatt project. At this point Sonora80M has signed 25-year power purchase agreements with numerous municipalities in Mexico, as well as with Ford for the power that the first phase of the project will produce. 

 

"This agreement with Ford demonstrates the strength and success of Sonora80M as pioneers in the development of solar energy in Mexico. Before Sonora80M, Mexico solar potential was not exploited. Today, seven municipalities of Sonora (Alamos, Caborca, Splice, Etchojoa, Guaymas, Santa Ana and Hermosillo) and a large company like Ford, rely on us to join the path of respect for the environment, supporting Mexico in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol," said Cesar Martin, Sonora80M’s group director. 

 

Ford has previously installed a 500-kW PV array at its Wayne, MI, Ford Michigan Assembly Plant and last year completed anarray in Germany that produces 1,100 megawatt hours annually. The company also has partnered with other companies — in the U.S., SunPower; and in Germany, RheinEnergie — to offer its EV owners a chance to power their vehicles with solar power. In the U.S., SunPower can install the PV arrays on a home under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

 

The company has dubbed its consumer-centric solar program MyEnergi Lifestyle and has partnered with a number of companies for renewable energy and energy efficiency, including KB Homes, Whirlpool and Eaton. Similar efforts are underway at other auto manufacturers, like GM, which has solar installed at multiple locations across the world.

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High cost of climate change hits Mexico

High cost of climate change hits Mexico | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Climate change is costing Mexico approximately $6 billion dollars (75 billion pesos) annually due to an onslaught of hurricanes, cyclones, intense rains and droughts. This amount is higher than the annual budget of Mexico’s Environment Ministry. In the face of these high costs, the government’s climate strategy will focus on prevention  - aiming for cities that are better adapted, pollution reductions and investments in green technology. The full climate strategy is expected to be revealed on June 5, World Environment Day and will include measures to deal with short-lived climate forcers like black carbon, ozone, and methane.

 

The Governor of Jalisco announced he will present a proposed State Law Against Climate Change that will be in line with the national climate law and will help promote state-level public policies for sustainable development. Among other things, the law would help coordinate actions between different municipal and state entities.

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 15, 2:34 PM

In class we talked about how pollution in Mexico city. This article points a dollar amount on the impact of enviormental changes. Climate change is costing Mexico 6 billion dollars annually due to an onslaught of hurricanes, cyclones, intense rains and droughts. With NAFTA, mexico is more concerned to production than CO2 emissions, these figures may change the way Mexico approaches climate change.

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MARTIFER SOLAR TO BUILD LATIN AMERICA’S LARGEST PV PLANT IN MEXICO

MARTIFER SOLAR TO BUILD LATIN AMERICA’S LARGEST PV PLANT IN MEXICO | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, is building a 30 MW photovoltaic plant in Mexico, the largest to date in Latin America. The company is responsible for the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services of the plant and will also provide the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services upon completion. The project will be funded by local development bank Nafin, by International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank Group) and Corporación Aura Solar.

 

The plant, which is being constructed for Gauss Energía, is located in La Paz, Baja California Sur, on a 100-hectares site. It is Mexico’s first utility-scale solar project under a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) contract between a private company and Comisión Federal de Electricidad, Mexico’s federal power company, ensuring the sale of the produced energy over 20 years.

 

“Martifer Solar’s experience and worldwide track-record were decisive during the analysis of the different proposals made by the main companies in the sector. Due to its dimension, this project in Mexico will open the way for the development of the photovoltaic sector in the country, where, to date, were installed 13 MW of PV projects”, says Hector Olea, CEO of Gauss Energía, a Mexican company specialized in project development in the energy sector.

 

With approximately 132,000 modules installed on single-axis trackers, this plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh/year, the equivalent to the average energy consumption of almost 160,000 inhabitants, and will be equivalent to offsetting the emission of more than 60,000 tons of CO2 per year. The park’s construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.

“This plant places us as an unquestionable player in the Mexican photovoltaic market. The reliability and global expertise of Martifer Solar, combined with our ability to adapt to this market, were determinant factors in Gauss Energía’s decision process, selecting us for the construction of a project with such dimension. The project is planned to be delivered to the client in the third quarter of this year”, adds Álvaro del Río García, Country Manager of Martifer Solar in Mexico.

 

With a high level of sun exposure, Mexico stands out due to a high potential in the photovoltaic sector; it is foreseen to have an exponential growth on the installed capacity during the coming years, to allow for the country to reach its target of 35% of energy being provided by renewable energy by 2026.

 

“The construction of the 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”, says Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar.

 

Martifer Solar has been present in the Mexican market since 2011. To date, the largest solar project operating in Mexico has 5 MW in capacity, and the country has around 13 MW of total installed capacity.

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Meet all project stakeholders, alongside 300 other solar professionals, at next week’s Solar Power Mexico Conference:

 

- Hector Olea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gauss Energia

 

- Jorge Torres, Executive Director, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)

 

- Enrique Nieto, Head of Sustainable Projects, Nacional Financiera

 

- Andres Garcia-Novel, Senior Investment Officer, IFC

 

- David Munoz, General Director of the State Energy Commission, Baja California

 

- Alvaro Del Río, Country Manager Martifer Solar

 

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Mexican solar market offers tantalising prospect to US companies

Mexican solar market offers tantalising prospect to US companies | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Solar investors in the US and further afield would really love to get their hands on Mexico's solar market: great resource on cheap desert land located squarely in the southern sun-belt. Some experts estimate that it would only take PV panels spread over just 25km2 of land in Chihuahua or the Sonoran desert to supply Mexico’s electricity demand.

 

National legislation to reduce carbon emissions 30% by 2020 and constrained natural gas supplies are pushing companies to renewable choices like never before. There is only one utility company to deal with, the state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

 

And its nearest neighbour is a guzzler of imported electricity and already linked through the Western Electricity Coordinating Council.

 

Electricity trade between the United States and Mexico started in 1905, when privately owned utilities located in remote towns on both sides of the border helped "balance" electricity demand with a couple of low voltage lines, according to the US Energy Information Agency.

 

Since 2006, Mexico has been a very small net exporter of electricity to the US. But electricity imports will likely boom after the Department of Energy granted a permit to a subsidiary of Sempra International for a 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line that will carry electricity from a Mexican wind farm to the California market.

 

Meanwhile, Baja California is the location for Latin America's largest solar installation to date, a 30MW project to be completed by the end of this year.

When US president Barack Obama met Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto earlier this month, renewable energy was firmly on the agenda (along with gun control, economic cooperation and illegal drugs).

 

Unlike the US, however, Mexico even has an energy policy. The freshly minted National Energy Strategy 2013-2027 agreed only in April estimates that 6GW of solar energy could be developed by 2020.

 

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Nico Johnson's curator insight, May 23, 2013 12:18 PM

It's taking a long time for media to catch on, but here we go.

See you in Mexico

 

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Lack of government support helps Mexican wind sector

Lack of government support helps Mexican wind sector | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it
While uncertainty over subsidies hampers wind development in Europe and North America, the lack of government support in Mexico is actually encouraging international investors to back projects in the country.

At the end of April Renovalia Reserve, a $150 million joint venture between private equity firm First Reserve and developer Renovalia, announced it was buying two wind projects in Oaxaca with a combined generating capacity of 228MW.

 

One project, the Piedra Larga wind farm, has been operational since June 2012 with an installed capacity of 90MW, while a 137.5MW wind farm is under construction and expected to be fully operational in early 2014.

 

Piedra Larga has long-term financing already in place and similar financing is anticipated for the second wind farm. Revenues from the projects are from long-term, inflation-linked power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Mexican baking company Grupo Bimbo and another, unnamed "world-leading retailer". The agreement periods cover a 15-18 year period with 5-10 year additional extensions at the option of the off-takers.

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Reflecting New Company Focus, Gamesa Sells 70 MW Wind Farm To Iberdrola

Reflecting New Company Focus, Gamesa Sells 70 MW Wind Farm To Iberdrola | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Gamesa has sold Iberdrola a wind farm development in Mexico with a future total installed capacity of 70 MW.

Gamesa will be in charge of developing and building the Dos Arbolitos wind farm, located in the town of Juchitan de Zaragoza in the state of Oaxaca. The scope of the agreement encompasses the supply and installation of 35 Gamesa 2.0 MW wind turbines, which are scheduled for delivery at year-end; the facility is slated for commissioning in 2014.

Gamesa says this transaction falls under the company’s new strategy to navigate a wind farm through the end-to-end development phase (site identification, wind resource measurement, government permits, engineering, construction, turbine supply and O&M services) without having to put up internal funds.

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228MW Mexican duo snapped up

228MW Mexican duo snapped up | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Renovalia Reserve has bought two wind farms with a total capacity of 227.5MW in southern Mexico.

 

The joint venture between First Reserve and Renovalia Energy did not disclose details of the transaction for the duo, which are both in Oaxaca and are Renovalia  developments.

 

The Piedra Larga wind farm is rated at 90MW and has been operational since June 2012.  The second project has a 137.5MW capacity and is under construction, with full operations expected in early 2014.

 

Piedra Larga has long-term financing in place and “similar arrangements anticipated for the second scheme”, Renovalia Reserve said.  Revenues from the duo are from long-term, inflation-linked power purchase agreements covering a period of 15 to 18 years with Grupo Bimbo and “a world-leading retailer”.

 

Renovalia Energy chief executive and Renovalia Reserve  director Jaime Galobart said: “We are delighted to continue sharing our expansion plans with such a solid partner as First Reserve.”

 

The Renovalia Reserve joint venture was formed in 2011 to own and operate a portfolio of wind farms in Europe and North America.  The partnership has six onshore sites in Spain (244MW) and one in Hungary (15MW).  The two projects in Mexico will take its total capacity to 487MW.

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Ok, Oaxaca is not on the border, but this is promising!

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Gauss Energía unveils 30 MW Mexico PV plans

Gauss Energía unveils 30 MW Mexico PV plans | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

Gauss Energía, a business development firm specialized in Mexico’s energy sector, has announced it will launch into operation its US$100 million 30 MW Aura Solar I photovoltaic plant this August. It is expected to be the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America when complete.

 

Hector Olea, president and CEO of Gauss Energia, confirmed to pv magazine that Portugal-based Martifer Solar started construction of Aura Solar I back in January. The plant is located on a 100-hectare site in La Paz, in Baja California Sur state. Overall, it is expected to consist of 131 800 polycrystalline modules with single-axis trackers.

 

Due to the sustainable profile of the project, Mexico’s development banking institution Nacional Financiera (Nafin) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are jointly funding 75% of the cost of the project with debt financing. The estimated cost of Aura Solar I is $100 million.

 

According to Olea, a former CEO of Suez in Mexico and ex-Chairman of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), the generated electricity will be sold exclusively to Mexico’s federal power company CFE, in line under a 20-year PPA that is "extendable and based on the country’s Small Electricity Producers’ (Pequeña Producción de Energía Eléctrica) scheme."

 

"Under the contract, CFE is obliged to pay the energy supplied by the project based on the Total Short Term Cost (Costo Total de Corto Plazo - CTCP) at the La Paz node," declared Olea. Baja California Peninsula is considered an "island" in terms of electricity supply as it is removed from the mainland.

 
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The Vision for Renewable Energy in Mexico: 250MW of Solar PV and 750MW of Wind Power by 2015

The Vision for Renewable Energy in Mexico: 250MW of Solar PV and 750MW of Wind Power by 2015 | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

In anticipation of this year’s Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress- Mexico’s biggest renewable energy event-  we welcomed four executive speakers to discuss the growth potential of the renewables industry as part of the webinar Mexican Renewables: The Vision for 2020.

 

The expected 150 fold surge in solar PV installations was the hot topic, with the government’s climate change mandate cited as a key driver in making solar PV attractive, especially to heavy industry users.

 

“Mexico has signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, which requires green house gas (GHG) reductions of 35% by 2020, and 50% by 2050” said John Skibinski, Executive Director of Global Renewables Group. “This is going to create a large surge in clean energy, and the Mexican congress is now developing penalties for high GHG emitters”.

 

John went onto discuss the impact of these penalties on heavy industries such as steel mills, cement companies and mines in driving the need to utilize renewables- “What we have found from working with one steel mill in particular is that for every 3MW of natural gas consumed they need 1MW of solar to get back to a zero emission footprint”. 

 

The potential of the domestic market was highlighted as a growth area by Alejandro Velasco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Energia Renovable y Vias Terrestres (ERYVITSA)- “Home use is another great opportunity for solar PV as there are more than 500,000 users who are potential consumers for the implementation of PV systems due to high (and increasing) gas prices”.

 

Although the attractiveness of the commercial and residential markets are rapidly growing, barriers still remain to renewables being able to reach full market momentum.

 

Whilst Mexico possesses robust grid infrastructure, interconnection approval is a growing barrier to market. “Based on the conversations that I’ve had with the CRE and SENER, there is potential to put 100- 150MW on the ground this year- but this is depending on good interconnection approval” stated Brian Schmidly, Chief Executive Officer of Rio Grande Solar.

 

Low utility rates are also likely to slow growth through 2013; however by 2014 things are set to pick up, with John Skibinski stating “I would gather that we would see 250MW by 2015 of deployed solar farms in Mexico, and 750MW of wind”.

 

The importance of working on the ground in Mexico, engaging with local companies and researching company data was also highlighted, with Brian Schmidly commenting in relation to solar “You want to be [in Mexico] seeding relationships and having conversations with potential customers because in the next 2-3 years I think it’s going to turn on”.

 

The topic of finance was also discussed in depth. Ernesto Hanhausen, Managing Director of the Emerging Energy and Cleantech Fund commented on the role of Mexico’s centralized energy system in creating a stable investment environment- “The centralized characteristic of the Mexican energy industry now appears to be in favor of the development of projects, as you only have one utility handling the whole distribution system”.

 

The convenience of being able to bank renewable power in the system was also discussed as a great advantage, removing the risk of intermittency and lack of dispatachbility of renewable energy for users.

 

Alejandro Velasco highlighted the support coming from national and international banks for the development of projects “We have local financiers like NAFIN and Banobras, who have separate budgets for infrastructure. SENER also have a fund for energy transition and then there is the budget from the federal government for development projects to counter climate change and encourage renewable energy and efficiency in municipalities”.

Alejandro went on to acknowledge the support of international and multilateral financiers “We have the European Investment Bank, IFC, the World bank, IBV are currently investing in Mexico”.

 

Overall the vision for Mexican renewables is overwhelmingly positive, with rising energy prices, a growing economy, stringent climate change targets and robust grid infrastructure creating the perfect storm for renewable energy development.

 

Download the webinar for free here and listen to the full hour of frank discussion on the Mexican renewables industry.

 

This webinar was held in advance of the 2nd Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress, taking place 29- 31 May in Mexico City. Over 3 days the congress will unite over 500 senior level attendees, with an equal balance of local and international players, to discuss the future of the Mexican wind and solar industries and the opportunities for finance.This is the place to be to meet the Mexican market and get deals done.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

- Ernesto Bachtold Moreno, Official Representative of the Minister of Environment and Director of Environmental Impact of Renewable Energy Resources, SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment)

- Judith Macgregor, British Ambassador to Mexico

- Chantal Ramsay, Ontario Government Representative, Canadian Embassy

- Alejandro Peraza García, Director General, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)

- David Munoz, Director General of the State Energy Commission, Baja California

- Alberto Melendez Apodaca, Secretary of Planning, Regional and Metropolitan Development, Hidalgo

- Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling, Director, Technical Development, Jalisco

- Manuel Gomez Peña, Director of Sustainability, Wal- Mart

- Franciso Casillas, Vice President, Financial Planning, Grupo Bimbo

 

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FREE Mexico Renewable Energy Webinar Audio Now Available!

FREE Mexico Renewable Energy Webinar Audio Now Available! | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

An hour of unmissable content is yours for free!

 

Download and listen to the Renewable Energy in Mexico: The Vision for 2020 Webinar, bringing you a full hour of discussion from the following high level speakers:


- Ernesto Hanhausen, Managing Director, Emerging Energy & Environment CleanTech Fund


- Alejandro Velasco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Energia Renovable y Vias Ter Res Tres


- Brian Schmidly, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Grande Solar


- John Skibinski, Executive Director, Global Renewables Group

 

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Wind resources in Mexico present significant potential of about 50GW

Wind resources in Mexico present significant potential of about 50GW | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

A new research paper from Frost & Sullivan indicates wind resources in Mexico present significant potential of about 50 gigawatts (GW). The private sector is increasingly involved in the sponsorship and operation of wind farms due to government efforts, and more companies are generating their own electricity. This research service covers market for wind power generation. Market drivers and restraints are discussed. Forecasts are included for installed capacity, average price per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity, and investments to 2018.

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IFC aproves financing for Mexico's 30MW Aura solar park

IFC aproves financing for Mexico's 30MW Aura solar park | Renewables Mexico | Scoop.it

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide US$25mn in A and C loans to finance the 30MW Aura solar park under development in Mexico's Baja California Sur state, BNamericas has learned.

 

The Aura solar project will be one of the first solar parks in Mexico to operate under the small producer modality, under which national power utility CFE acts as offtaker on projects with generation capacity up to 30MW. The first will be Sonora Energy Group's Puerto Libertad project expected online in 2Q13.

 

Gauss Energía, a Mexican energy consultancy, is developing the Aura solar park, which will be 100% owned by Mexican investment fund Corporación Aura Solar. Total project cost is estimated at US$100mn.

 

Financing from the IFC and Mexico's development bank Nafin is expected to cover 75% of project costs, Hector Olea, president of Gauss Energía, told BNamericas.

 

Construction of the park began in mid-January and the project is scheduled for startup in August 2013. The project includes construction of a 2.8km transmission line that will connect to the Baja California isolated grid.

 

The panel providers are Suntech and Martifer Solar.The entirety of the expected 82GWh/y of generation will be purchased by CFE.

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