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Latino Daily News

Monday April 2, 2012

Largest Solar Farm in the World Coming to U.S.-Mexico Border

Largest Solar Farm in the World Coming to U.S.-Mexico Border

Photo: Largest CPV Solar Farm Coming to U.S. Mexico Border

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SolFocus, announced the launch of a landmark solar power plant in Baja California near Tecate, Mexico, with construction starting in late 2012 and being operational before the end of 2013.

With a 450-megawatt capacity this will be the largest solar farm in the world.  CPV solar power uses mirrors and lenses to attract light from the sun into solar cells that in turn produce electricity. 

“The project is in direct alignment with the Mexico and U.S. bilateral clean energy agenda. The countries share a common goal of achieving strong economic growth and energy security while addressing climate change and increasing the reliability of energy infrastructure,” said Lic. David Muñoz, Director General of the Baja California State Commission of Energy.

Historically, the renewable energy market in Mexico has been comprised primarily of wind power. However, with the launch of this project, solar has made a major step forward as an energy source for the country.

The power plant is being built on land owned by Grupo Musa near Tecate. Northern Mexico has the third greatest solar resource in the world, making it an ideal location for this project.