Mérida, Yucatán — In the next four years, Yucatan will receive a US$2.8 billion investment to install and operate nine new wind farms in addition to the nine already in the works.
That means 18 wind farms are on track to be spinning their blades in the state by 2021.
They would generate a total of 300 megawatts of “clean energy” that will be sold and used by industries on the peninsula.
The secretary of Economic Development, Ernesto Herrera Novelo, said that between 2018 and 2019, nine wind farms are scheduled to power up. They have already been approved by the federal government and placed in rural Yucatán to be developed by national and foreign companies.
The first is under construction in the coastal town of Dzilam de Bravo, where 28 windmills will reach 180 meters high.
With Yucatán getting into the wind energy business, the state adds 10 billion pesos to its economy in a three-year period, said Herrera Novelo.
The first nine projects reflect an investment of US$1.8 billion.
Together, the 18 parks will generate 4,000 jobs, mainly in specialized labor, logistics services and construction, he said.
By 2019, the first nine clean energy parks will start work, selling power to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). By 2021, the other nine will start operating to supply their power directly to customers.