Mexico approves 220MW PV projects in H1

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mexico's energy regulatory commission (CRE) approved seven photovoltaic (PV) projects in the first half of the year, which will add 220MW to the country's installed generation capacity.

Among the firms to receive permits to generate solar power are Delicias Solar, for a 37.42MW project in the central state of Guanajuato, generating 72.72GW/h per year, and which is scheduled to enter operation in 2Q15.

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Five projects were approved for the northern state of Chihuahua, including a 33MW plant to be developed by Desarrollos Solares Nacut, slated to begin operating in 3Q15, and a 32MW plant to be built by Sonnergia, expected to be completed in 1Q16.

The other initiatives are Promociones Fotovoltaicas Adanarg's 33MW plant, set to come online in July 2015; Arenugal Solar's 33MW facility, to begin operations in 4Q15; and Rancho El Trece Solar PV's 33.11MW project, also for the fourth quarter of next year.

The commission also approved Parque Solar El Tambor's 14MW plant in Coahuila state, expected to be completed in 1Q16.

The CRE has so far approved 60 small-scale and a dozen self-supply projects, totaling 1.4GW. Mexico currently has 150MW solar generation capacity, with the country's largest PV plant being the 39MW Aura Solar, built by Mexico City-based Gauss Energía, in Baja California.

Mexico's energy reform contains a package of 'green laws' designed to promote the use of non-conventional energy resources. Without such legislation, it would be impossible for the government to meet its target of generating 35% of electricity from renewables by 2024, according to Erick Marte Rivera Villanueva, a lawmaker from opposition party PAN.

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