Solar street lighting comes to Mexico's Zapopan

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mexican firms Power Iluminare and Fortius Electromecánica have formed a JV to supply public lighting to the city of Zapopan from the latter's Jalisco I solar plant (pictured), which opened in April, on an 18-year contract.

The contract is worth US$239mn and will include the installation, maintenance and operation of more than 70,000 streetlights in Zapopan, a city of 1.2mn people adjacent to Jalisco state capital Guadalajara, according to a press release.

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Also read: Mexico expects to see US$5bn solar investment to 2020

Fortius' Jalisco I 8MW solar plant will be expanded to 16MW in a second phase, and eventually supply 32,000 low-income houses in Jalisco, according to a company presentation. The plant, located in Zacoalco, comprises 25,000 solar panels and was built on a dry lake bed to mitigate its environmental impact on the land.

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