In Mexico, there is rapid growth in the use of solar energy thanks to greater technology accessibility, as well as efforts to prevent global warming and CO2 pollution, but there is much to do, especially in Yucatan.
In an interview with Notimex, the president of the Campeche section of the National Solar Energy Association (ANES), Juan Carlos Ovando Sierra, stressed the need for regions such as the Yucatan Peninsula to use their solar potential, both in the private and public sectors.
In announcing the celebration of the 39th National Solar Energy Week October 5-9 in San Francisco, Campeche, Ovando noted that there already exist the human resources to make the most of this technology, Notimex reported.
“We are in a very rapid growth in the use of solar energy, first because when it comes to technology there is enough competition in the market that it is no longer difficult to get a solar panel or photovoltaic system, they´re becoming accessible to sectors such as the middle class”, he said.
In addition, he continued, with new policies on global warming and greenhouse gases, now you can sell carbon credits, generated with a PV system, but also regarding solar hot water, there are quite a few ways to take advantage of it.
“In the Yucatan Peninsula we have a great solar resource. In Campeche we have almost eight hours of sunshine that is usable, along with the new reforms in favor of renewable energy,” he added.
Asked about wind power, he recalled that Oaxaca has a considerable infrastructure to develop such projects as the Ventosa, where there is considerable energy production.
Also, he added, there are programs opening production of solar energy through interconnected systems network, where you can have a photovoltaic system, which if more is produced than what is being consumed at home, it is sent to the national network, and when you need it, you can reuse it.
He noted that in the framework of this meeting there will put into operation a financing program for the Peninsula´s hotel industry, a project to provide ten thousand solar heaters for hotel rooms in Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche.
This program, he recalled, was developed in coordination with the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Ovando Sierra noted that the use of solar energy is an item that should be explored by the public sector for the production of the energy needed for public lighting, to provide energy to rural communities and for water extraction.
The use of this energy can also be a trigger for the development of productive activity, such as the agricultural production activity in Campeche of crops such as chile, mango or stevia.
The 39th Solar Energy Week will be held October 5-9, with activities to include the completion of seven courses for students on Oct. 5 and 6 and in which issues such as bio-gas, as well as alternatives for energy sustainability, will be addressed.
To register go to: www.snes39anes.org
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