Solar farm powers 30,000 homes in Yucatan

Governor sees progress in making Yucatan energy-independent

Thousands of solar panels aim toward the sky in San Ignacio, Yucatan. Photo: Courtesy
Thousands of solar panels aim toward the sky in San Ignacio, Yucatan. Photo: Courtesy

Progreso, Yucatan — A new solar farm in San Ignacio will deliver green energy to 30,000 homes in Progreso and Merida, its supporters said at its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.

The US$30 million photovoltaic plant, which spreads solar panels across 66 hectares / 163 acres of land, will help meet the state’s overall energy demand, said Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal during his remarks.

The governor of Yucatan mentioned the 24 clean energy projects in the works, which will add a capacity of up to 3,400 megawatts of power. Investors are spending a collective US$4.5 billion on green energy initiatives in Yucatan, which also include a recently celebrated wind farm.

“We would be the only state in the republic that would have self-sufficiency and more renewable energy than we are consuming,” said Vila Dosal.

“With this type of actions, we are placing Yucatan as an investment pole; we will continue to promote the state throughout Mexico and internationally, above all, we will continue to make renewable energy projects a priority for the state,” he said.

During the construction of the plant, 421 jobs were generated; for its operation, four permanent and 20 occasional positions were created.

The Chinese company JinkoSolar, which built the solar complex, has plans to install another solar-panel park in Cuncunul and two solar plants Ticul. It is also planning a wind farm in Tizimín.

Source: Sipse

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