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Yucatán moves forward with two new clean energy projects

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Energy-generating wind turbines tower into the sky near Progreso. Photo: File

The construction of two new wind farms in Yucatán has been announced by Mexico’s labor and economic development secretary, Ernesto Herrera Novelo.

The wind farms are slated to begin construction this year and come with a price tag of 2.4 billion MXP. 

When working at full efficiency, the project’s wind turbines are expected to generate an average of 223 megawatts of clean renewable energy a day. 

One megawatt can supply power to approximately 650 average homes.

“This is a great step forward. In Yucatán, we consume about 920 megawatts of power every day but only produce 350. This project will help us get closer to the goal of having our state be fully energy independent by the end of the current administration,” said Herrera Novelo. 

Earlier: Yucatán wind farms will power M&Ms and Skittles production

These two wind farms come on the heels of similar energy projects in the state, such as the Parque Eólico de Progreso, which began operations in August 2020. 

“We are moving forward at a very healthy pace. It is clear that clean energies such as solar and wind are truly the way to go for Yucatán,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.

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