First 50 MW of CPV in Baja California goes ahead
SolFocus has announced jointly with Grupo Musa and Synergy Technologies the launch of a landmark Concentrated Photovoltaic solar plant in Baja California.
The project is planned to be 450MW and will be deployed in tranches of 50MW each. The construction will start in late 2012 will be operational before the end of 2013.
The plant which will use SolFocus Concentrator Photovoltaic equipment, will be owned and operated by SolMex Energy SA de CV, a new company formed by Grupo Musa and Synergy Technologies for the production of clean solar energy in Mexico.
“The project is in direct alignment with the Mexico and U.S. bilateral clean energy agenda. The countries share a common goal of achieving strong economic growth and energy security while addressing climate change and increasing the reliability of energy infrastructure,” said Lic. David Muñoz, Director General of the Baja California State Commission of Energy. “Mexico has been successful with wind energy, and now this large solar project will support our energy infrastructure and economic development efforts in the very near future. This project adds to Governor Osuna Millan's vision of a sustainable Baja California.”
Historically, the renewable energy market in Mexico has been comprised primarily of wind power. However, with the launch of this project, solar has made a major step forward as an energy source for the country. Grupo Musa recognized this opportunity for providing low-cost, dependable energy and will be consuming most of the initial 50 megawatt installation to meet energy demands at its various facilities. “There is no doubt that Baja California faces energy challenges, and we are excited that we are able to utilize two of our key resources – abundant land and solar fuel – to enhance the environmental and economic sustainability of Northern Mexico,” explained Ing. Marcos Sarabia Rodelo, Director of Special Projects for Grupo Musa.
“While Tecate is a solar-rich region, the hot temperatures make it a challenging environment for traditional solar equipment,” commented Synergy Technologies CEO Matt Piell. “We decided to use the advanced, high-efficiency CPV equipment from SolFocus in order to reduce the amount of equipment required, have systems which operate at top performance even in these hot temperatures, and improve the overall financial economics of the project.”
“Building on the track record of SolFocus projects in the southwest U.S. and Mexico, this project in Mexico will turn dormant land into jobs and low-cost, reliable electricity,” added SolFocus CEO Mark Crowley. “In the first year of operation we should deliver at least 120,000 megawatt hours of electricity to Baja California.” The power plant will incorporate 3,850 SolFocus SF-1136SX systems on the 122 hectare (~300 acre) site.