FORTIUS SOLAR FARM GENERATES 45 MEGAWATTS PER DAY AVERAGE, WHICH ENCOURAGE THE STRENGTHENING OF THE INDUSTRIAL REGION
The state of Jalisco is one of the most dynamic ones regarding business and industrial growth; also, it is the fourth consumer of electric energy in the country, therefore, it is fundamental that the State and, mainly, the industry increase the use of renewable energy, especially photovoltaic.
Radiation in Jalisco is very high and it will be a great bet encouraging solar farms on the sides of industrial parks, as well as promoting the self-generation of energy with solar panels above industrial buildings.
The use of renewable energy and the installation of solar panels in companies and industrial parks, not only will contribute to increase their competitiveness, it also will provide them important savings.
“We are the fourth State with higher electrical consumption in the country and the antepenultimate in generation, producing only 12 % of the entire consumption in the main self-consumption generation centers, the fifth consumer of hydrocarbons importing 100 % and, in the west region, the fifth consumer in natural gas with 100 % of import,” said Sergio Medina, consultant and former director of the State Energy Agency in Jalisco.
For Alberto Coronado Mendoza, researcher and professor of the Centro Universitario de Tonala from the Universidad de Guadalajara (CUTonala,) renewable energy is the future for company savings, to contaminate less and to stop climate change affecting the world.
“One of the renewable resources we have in Mexico is the Sun, radiation is very good throughout the year; (although they have little) Germans are using much of sun energy, what has allowed them developing many industry to export to other countries and in Mexico as we are increasingly familiarizing, researching and developing these processes of renewable energies use as the Sun, we will energetically depend less on petroleum and its derivatives,” explained Coronado Mendoza, the also chief of the department of Water and Energy Studies from CUTonala.
In addition, he detailed that the daily average of solar radiation in Jalisco and how much will be generated in energy on average.
“The radiation level in Mexico varies according to latitude, here in Jalisco we have an average of 5.2 hours equivalent, this means that we will have at least five thousand wats hour of radiation per square meter, that level is very high; obviously, in Sonora, Chihuahua, which are more at north and are more desert places, where there is not much cloudiness, radiation is higher. In Jalisco we have very good radiation and prices of investment recovery will depend in much of the current and future electric tariffs,” he detailed.
FORTIUS SOLAR FARM GENERATING CLEAN ENERGY
The first solar farm in Jalisco as made by the Mexican company Fortius and started operations in October 2017 in the municipality of Zacoalco de Torres, who positioned strategically there due to the proximity with the substation of the Federal Electricity Commission and, also, are at meters from the Centro Logistico Industrial Park of Jalisco.
Currently, the energy produce don this farm is addressed to 13 companies located in the area and that mainly belong to the manufacturing and logistics sector, the energy arrives thanks to the National Electric System.
“The idea is also sell energy to companies located nearby, we precisely located in this property on an strategic manner to sell and evacuate that energy or inject it into CFE’s network,” said David Andrade Alcalde, deputy director of Fortius.
Regarding this, Mario Baez, work president of the solar farm, talked about the big benefits companies approaching Fortius will have in having a strategic plan in alternative energy and that they can consume from their two generators Jalisco 1 and the one about to be finished Jalisco 2.
“Companies reduce their emissions of greenhouse effect gases, regarding electric energy consumption, part of the energy generated in the country comes from fossil sources and generate pollution that generates important effects to the environment, hydrological footprint reduces in much; there are only two energy generation sources in which water is practically not used: photovoltaic and wind power. The advantage is that photovoltaic is practically profitable in the entire country because there is enough resource in the entire country and the in wind power specific site studies have to be made to know how viable is,” detailed the engineer.
Fortius farm is divided in two phases, the first one measure 14 hectares and the second of seven hectares, currently generating 45 megawatts per day average to supply 16,000 houses.
SUSTAINABLE USE OF ENERGY
“The Law on Distributed Generation issued in 2017 allows the final user, in this case industrial, installing 500 kilowatts of renewable energy, then approves decreasing loses for transmission and distribution of energy and consuming it at the consumption place, in such manner that we will have a decrease in electric bills and we are contributing to our objectives of stopping climate change which we urgently have to make,” explained Alberto Coronado Mendoza PhD.
The reformed Law on Electric Industry and which as of 2017 was specified, held that “Distributed Generation that allows any private sector generate its own energy by taking care of the following points: a) Is fulfilled with a Exempt Generator in terms; b) It is done at an electric central interconnected to a distribution circuit that has high concentration of loading centers, in terms of market rules.”
Meanwhile, the Law for Energetic Transition valid as of December 25th, 2015, supports the use of clean energies. Article 1 refers to “the Law has as an objective to regulate the sustainable use of energy, as well as the obligations in Clean Energies matters and of the reduction of pollutant emissions from the electric industry, keeping competitiveness from productive sectors.”
“Mexican regulations obligates companies to consume renewable energy, this is promoting for these projects to be more viable,” explained Mario Baez, work president of the first solar farm in Jalisco from the company Fortius.