Coahuila emerges as Mexico’s main energy source, in a term no longer than two years, since it has the potential to produce 23 gig watts from air and 10 GW from the sun.
This due to 53 % of energy renewable reserves in the country almost half belongs to Coahuila, with 47 % before entities as Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon which also dominate the sector.
The Ministry of Energy says that Coahuila is a suitable territory for renewable energies generation and that from 71 GW the country can produce with energy from the wind, Coahuila generates 13 %; while that from 24.3 GW of solar energy, the entity currently produces by its own 8 %, anticipating an encouraging scenario for the upcoming years.
About 1,900 million dollars of foreign capital have been invested throughout Coahuila in the last five years, everything to capitalize the construction of seven parks of renewable energies, five of wind power and two solar, distributed in the Northern region, La Laguna and Southeast of the state.
Capital injection from European firms as Enel Green Power, of Italy; Acquire, from Spanish; as well as Energias de Portugal provide the public and private sector of 694 Megawatts of energy free of pollutant emissions, a figure equivalent to enlighten about 175,000 houses.
Regarding investments, Rogelio Montemayor Seguy, president of the Energy Cluster Coahuila, said that the entity is the leader in clean energies matters and assured that more than half of the projects of this sector for the country are developed or authorized in Coahuila.
“There are 34 projects already authorized, of which 24 are photovoltaic and the rest are of wind power; three already operate and 10 are in construction,” said the also former governor of the State.
Coahuila is on the region with the highest capability potential of wind power generation (Northeast,) and together with Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, locate on 1, 2 and 5 sites, respectively in potential, which can be of up to 3,872 Gig watts/hour per year (GWh/y,) according to experts in figures. The three states concentrate 51 % of the country’s potential of 7,554 GWh/y, according to an analysis.
Despite only 17 entities have the potential to generate electricity with the wind, 4,500 MW is installed in the entire national territory; however, there is a potential to reach 2022 to 12,000 MW.
COAHUILA MAKES IT ‘BIG’
One of the most ambitious renewable megaprojects continues to be built in Coahuila and is located a scarce 15 kilometers of the border with the United States, in Ciudad Acuna.
It is about the Amistad Solar Park built by Enel Green Power, which will have four phases and only in the first one of them about 300 million dollars were invested 300 million dollars, promising to be a national referent in renewable energies.
The project is considered by the same Italian firm as one of its five most promising plans worldwide, for its installed capacity as well as for the size of the work.
For its first stage, the Amistad I Park had the implanting of 57 first level wind generators and an installed capability of 200 MW, while the three remaining parks will add a capability of 349 MW, what together will make Amistad the largest wind power park of the country, with a territorial extension of 260 km2.
“The construction of the Amistad Wind Power Park is another proof of the long term commitment and the success of our operation in Mexico and an important landmark that strengthens our leadership in the renewable energies sector in the country,” said Antonio Cammisecra, director of global renewable Enel Green Power.
“With this new plant we can feed the growth in the Mexico high potential energy market even more through the richness of renewable resources of Coahuila,” added the directive.
Enel Green Power recently signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, considered one of the giants in renewable energies, to supply the last generation SG 4.5-145 wind turbines in Amistad Wind Power Park, consolidating the project as one of the most important current and in the future.
The agreement establishes that Siemens will supply 24 SG 4.5-145 wind turbines, with a flexible power of 4.2 MW, for the Amistad III Park and 36 units for the Amistad IV Park, with a total combined capacity of about 249 MW.
“We are very excited about being able to supply our new wind turbines generation to projects of Enel Green Power,” said Jorge Lobaton, general director of Siemens for Mexico and Latin America.
“We anticipate the successful implementation of Amistad III and IV. These projects are two of the most important wind power parks in Mexico, which additionally will position the state of Coahuila as one of the main actors in renewable energy in the country,” noted the directive.
An authorized voice in the energy branch is Rogelio Montemayor, president of the Energy Cluster Coahuila, who explained the strengths and reasons why big renewable energies firms take into account our state to settle.
“Coahuila offers many advantages that contribute with competitiveness to the development of big projects, among which the wind power and solar resources can be mentioned which are highly utilizable in different areas of the state. Laguna and desert have high levels of solar radiation; while the southeast and north are regions with considerable wind speed,” he explained.
ADDED INDUSTRIAL VALUE
Other factors mentioned by Montemayor are the openness and support from authorities regarding paperwork management and investment attraction, as well as the proximity with important industrial complexes, the electric infrastructure even with transmission capability and negotiation openness by landowners.
“This allows other big sized companies see the state of Coahuila as a location with potential to develop their projects since we have conditions to favor profitability of them; therefore it awakes the interest for the construction of similar parks and with that the attraction of important investments,” said Rogelio Montemayor.
“The greatest advantage is the access to the primary resource without cost, which is the sun and wind. The speed with which technology has improved has allowed reducing generation cost and therefore, making these technologies more competitive. As well as the less environmental and social impact regarding another kind of technologies,” explained Montemayor regarding the advantages offered by renewable energies.