Ford to Invest in 20 MW Solar Power Plant in Mexico!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/hermosillo.sonora.mexico
Source: https://www.facebook.com/hermosillo.sonora.mexico

Ford has recently signed an agreement to consume 15% of the electricity produced by Sonora80M Group’s 20 MW solar park, which is anticipated to reach up to 80 MW eventually, after all four phases are complete. Leading up to this investment which is for its own electricity needs, Ford has been pushing and stimulating residential solar through partnerships with KB Home and SunPower. Mexico has excellent solar energy resources, but the country has not been a leader in the solar power space to date. However it is beginning to pick up speed, last year Mexico passed a 35% Clean Climate law and its clean energy investments surged in 2012. Once the solar plant that Ford has agreed to invest in is completed, it will be the largest solar PV power plant in Mexico. This project sells energy to seven municipalities in Sonora (as well as Ford Motor Company). The second phase of the solar project, which Sonora80M is in the process of negotiating, is to be 20–30 MW in size, but the company is not yet making any statements about phases three and four. The power plant will be built in Hermosillo, in Mexico’s northern state of Sonora, and the project is planned to come online in 2014. In a Sonora80M press statement translated from Spanish, the company writes: “The first phase of 20 MW, will feature solar trackers to optimize production by approximately 30%, taking advantage of the great solar potential available to Mexico. When this first phase becomes operational throughout 2014, will stop being issued about 500,000 tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere.”

Source: Ford To Buy Solar Power From 20 MW Mexico Solar Power Plant, by Zachary Shahan, May 31, 2013

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