On an arid plain where sudden gusts of wind can rip roofs off buildings and knock over tractor trailers, Mexico is building a new engine for its energy future. Surrounded by towering turbines in every direction, the town of La Ventosa – which means “the windy place” in Spanish – is at the heart of a wind power boom in the country.
Mexico, the world’s 14th biggest economy, still punches well below its weight in terms of wind energy, ranking 24th on the planet in installed capacity last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). But the market is growing fast. By the end of this year, the national wind energy association expects Mexico to jump to number 20 on the list, which is dominated by wealthy European nations, the United States, China and India.
“We’re talking about the largest growth in wind power projects anywhere in the world,” President Felipe Calderon said recently near La Ventosa at the opening of Latin America’s largest wind park owned by Spanish company Acciona SA, a long row of turbines whirring behind him.
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With a 450-megawatt capacity this will be the largest solar farm in the world. CPV solar power uses mirrors and lenses to attract light from the sun into solar cells that in turn produce electricity.
“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.
Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has won an order in Mexico for turbines with a total capacity of 396 megawatts (MW), which will be installed at the biggest wind power project in Latin America, the company said on Monday.
The order for the turbines, which will generate power for beer and Coca-Cola bottling in Mexico, lifted Vestas’s year-to-date announced orders to 865 MW, the company said on Monday. Vestas does not disclose the value of orders, but turbines usually cost around 1 million euros ($1.31 million) per megawatt of capacity.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S said in a statement the order for 132 of its V90-3.0 MW turbines was from the Marena Renovables project, a consortium of Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund, Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and Dutch pension group PGGM.
The following video, from Mexico Today, highlights Siemens’ business in Mexico, opportunities to develop the nation’s renewable energy resources, and Mexico’s business climate. Produced by Ogilvy Public Relations on behalf of Marca Pais/Government of Mexico.
One of the most costly errors that we Mexicans make when thinking about the Mexico-U.S. relationship is to include only areas of conflict as we circumscribe it: migration, drugs. Almost all of us fall into this “error,” the public, “experts,” and politicians…
This is the case with energy cooperation. In particular, collaboration in the development and commercialization of renewable energies, perhaps the most positive item on the bilateral agenda, an item to which both countries should begin to pay more attention.
Duncan Wood, academic at the ITAM, presented this week at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, his work, “Environment, Development and Growth: US-Mexico Cooperation in Renewable Energies.” In it, Duncan describes the current opportunities to move forward with a bilateral approach to combating climate change and the production of clean energy.