Published On: Mon, Mar 3rd, 2014

Latin America’s Biggest Solar Farm under construction in Mexico

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Just a few weeks ago the world’s largest solar thermal power plant switched online in Nevada, and now the largest solar plant in Latin America is underway just south of the border.

Aura Solar I — a 30-megawatt solar farm– is currently under construction in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, and it will be the country’s first utility-scale photovoltaic project.

The plant will be capable of fulfilling the energy needs of 164,000 people (64 percent of La Paz’s population), but that’s not even the best part – it will also replace a dirty thermoelectric plant that’s been poisoning residents with air pollution for years.

Aura solar I farm Latin America

Aura solar I farm Latin America

“Mexico is poised to be the hotbed for solar deployment in Latin America,” Adam James, global solar analyst and author of the Latin America PV Playbook told Greentech Media. “There are a number of programs and policies in place that support solar development across market segments, and high insolation levels that ensure solar generates quick returns. We expect impressive year-over-year growth across the board.”

Covering 100 hectares of land, with 131,800 one-axis tracked polycrystalline photovoltaic modules, Aura Solar I will lead the groundswell. The solar farm’s operational life is around 30 years, and it will be capable of churning out 82 GW annually. The secret to such massive generation? The intense insolation that Baja California Sur receives.

Experts say the area clocks in at about 7.5 kWh/m2/day, which is “about three times the average levels in Germany and 50 percent higher than southern California.” According to Think Progress, the $100 million project “is the first Mexican private enterprise of such a size to get a development bank loan and an agreement to sell its electricity to the grid.”

The solar plant’s energy supply will be exclusively delivered to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), through a 20-year renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). CFE will pay for energy calculated through the Short Term Total Cost (CTCP) of La Paz’s local generation, reports Smart Energy Universe.

On December 10th, 2013, The Yucatan Times published an article announcing that the company known as ASI International Green Energy is planning to build three solar energy power plants in Yucatan during 2014 and 2015. Click on the following link to see the article:

Our world has the need for a green energy revolution, and in a country like Mexico, Solar Plants is the way forward.


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  1. Pat Adams says:

    Look at the video provided. We’ll be able to see this by air when we fly out of SJD. Maybe we could drive there to see it, too. Wonder if they offer tours. Might be in Spanish. At the end of the video you can see water in the distance. I was trying to figure out if this water is the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific.

    I didn’t know about this. I had only heard about something like this being built in Northern Baja for power to be sent mostly to the U.S. Good that BCS is doing something about this. Makes sense that it’s near a population center like La Paz. Wonder if some of the power they’re talking about for the 64

    I jut accidentally erased comments I intended you to see. We can talk about this when you get home. I wonder if part of the power for the 64% of La Paz residents will be used by Todos Santos residents.

    Watch the video. Was trying to figure out where the water is that is in the distance (at the end of the video, whether it’s the Sea of Cortez or the Pacific.

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