Published on March 24th, 2014 | by James Ayre0
Public Utilities & Private Companies In Mexico Teaming Up To Promote Renewables
March 24th, 2014 by James Ayre
The Federal Electricity Commission — the general director of Mexico’s state-owned electric utility — recently announced its plans to further promote renewable energy production within the populous country by teaming up with a number of notable private companies.
These new strategic public-private partnerships are intended as a sort of ‘reform’ of the country’s electric industry — with the aim being to maximize the potential of renewable energy projects there.
According to the Federal Electricity Commission’s (CFE) director Enrique Ochoa Reza, this reform will assist in the achievement of Mexico’s goal to have at least 35% of the energy it generates come from renewable sources by the year 2024.
The comment was made while speaking at the inauguration of the 30 MW Aura Solar I PV plant in Baja California Sur. (Aura Solar I was installed by Gauss Energia, one of the companies CFE is interested in working with.)
While there, Ochoa Reza also noted that the commission he heads is especially interested in encouraging development in the state of Baja California Sur.
With regard to the Aura Solar I PV plant in Baja California Sur, we covered that topic in-depth last year during construction. Some of the most interesting/important things to note: the 30 MW power plant will provide enough electricity for an estimated 160,000 households; the design features 132,000 modules installed on single-axis trackers; and the project will be the first utility-scale solar project under a Power Purchase Agreement contract (20 years long) between a private company and the CFE.
While it isn’t currently known which companies will end up as part of one of these strategic public-private partnerships, CleanTechnica will be sure to follow up on this story and keep you informed.
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