The state of Yucatan in Southeast Mexico, joins the solar revolution
Solar Revolution in Yucatan
Mexico has great potential for the generation of renewable energy. The various renewable resources available enable the production of clean energy, such as hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal… And there is a promising future rising, since the nation is taking huge leaps and heading toward positioning as a leader in renewable resources.
According to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), only 23% of the entire electric energy generating capacity of Mexico, comes from renewable resources… Therefore, the Ministry of Energy (SENER) is expecting a 1000% increase in solar energy production by 2018.
Regarding solar energy, Mexico features a privileged geographical location where solar radiation reaching the northern and pacific states, could generate enough power to supply the entire country, reason why most of the photovoltaic projects are established in these regions.
Now for the first time ever, an enterprise located to the southeast of Mexico decided to join the solar revolution and make the most of the nation’s sunbelt. A large scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant was installed in southeastern Mexico, in the state of Yucatan. Featuring 1,280 solar panels across a region of the state of Yucatan, and supported with an approximate 963,000 USD (approximately 13 million Mexican Pesos) investment, this solar plant will produce enough energy, which will be equivalent to the consumption required for 400 community housing units.
This is the largest PV power plant in the southeast of Mexico, and will be introduced and established in the snacks manufacturing company called Botanas La Lupita, in Merida, Yucatan. With this project, the company is expecting to reduce its energy consumption to 60%, besides decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases and tons of carbon dioxide.
Botanas La Lupita is the largest snacks producer in southeast Mexico, distributing their products in Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. Established since 1970, today it has a 6,750 m2 factory and over 300 employees.
This project is looking to encourage the introduction and establishment of more PV power plants in the region, and executive of Conermex (Company specializing in Renewable Energy), mentioned they have started communicating with universities, governments and companies to follow this initiative.
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