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Energy to spare

5 September 2010

Mexico’s electric power generation is among the cleanest in the world, but data shows that only 10.3% is sourced from hydroelectric power and 3.4% from renewable energy. The country stands behind in current global standards, which are set at an average of 18.6% for hydroelectric use and 5.3% for renewable energy. In the renewable energy sector, “modern renewables”, wind and solar, account for just 0.33%, when the global standard is set at 3.7%.

Despite these low figures of renewable energy use for electricity generation, Mexico has great potential for the wind and solar energy production. For example, the north-western region of the country is adequate for solar energy development since it has an average of 5 to 6 low peak sun hours (one of the highest in the world). The rest of the country has between 4 and 5.5. low sun peak hours, which also represents a high scale. Mexico also has optimal wind conditions in the north-west, north-east and south-east regions for wind energy development…

(U.K. Trade and Investment)

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