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Let the sun shine… let the sun shine…

4 October 2013

Via Bloomberg:

Mexico, poised to allow foreign oil extraction for the first time in 75 years, is finding its abundant natural resources also appeal to investors in a much cleaner energy: sunshine.

First Solar Inc. (FSLR) of the U.S. has bought its first projects in Mexico, while more than a dozen other developers including Germany’s Saferay GmbH and Spain’s Grupotec Tecnologia Solar SL own licenses there. Local investor Gauss Energia opened Latin America’s largest photovoltaic plant in the country last month.

The project “will open the way for the development of the photovoltaic sector,” Gauss Chief Executive Officer Hector Olea said in an e-mail. “There have been multiple announcements but very little real development work so far even though the regulatory system is sound and conducive to bankable projects.”

Mexico, a top 10 oil producer, plans to generate 35 percent of its power from clean sources by 2026, up from less than 15 percent now, to curb emissions and diversify its energy mix. A global surplus of solar panels has made them cheaper, while the costly oil-fired plants common in areas such as Durango, Sonora and southern Baja California make solar a competitive option.

Full story here. 

(Sorry about the dearth of recent posts…  I could have used a longer vacation, but there are work projects that need caught up, and pressing matters that have to be taken care of as well). 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Bebe permalink
    6 October 2013 7:53 am

    Using a few of those national Petro Pesos to help the rural areas install panels for hot water would be a great good for the people.

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