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Partnership launches 50 MW Mexican solar plant

Grupo Musa and Synergy Technologies partner to provide solar energy to north Mexico with SolFocus advanced concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar equipment

High-efficiency CPV equipment will make the plant operational even in Mexico's high tempertures

Investment and engineering companies have joined forces to launch a “landmark” solar power plant project in Baja California, Mexico.

SolFocus, Inc. has partnered with Mexican land and property developer Grupo Musa and US based energy developer, Synergy Technologies to embark on a 450 MW capacity plant project.

It will be built in 50 MW tranches, with construction on the first starting in late 2012 and being operational before the end of 2013. USD 720m will be spent on the first four of nine tranches of the solar project.

The power plant will use SolFocus Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) equipment and be owned and operated by Synergy Technologies and SolMex Energy SA de CV, the new company formed by Grupo Musa.

“The project is in direct alignment with the Mexico and US 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.

“Mexico has been successful with wind energy, and now this large solar project will support our energy infrastructure and economic development efforts in the very near future. This project adds to Governor Osuna Millan's vision of a sustainable Baja California”.

Historically, the renewable energy market in Mexico has 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, said SolFocus in a statement.

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, according to SolFocus.

“While Tecate is a solar-rich region, the hot temperatures make it a challenging environment for traditional solar equipment,” commented Synergy Technologies CEO Matt Piell.

“We decided to use the advanced, high-efficiency CPV equipment from SolFocus in order to reduce the amount of equipment required, have systems which operate at top performance even in these hot temperatures, and improve the overall financial economics of the project,” he added.