Mexico, the challenge of integrating renewable energy into the grid

Mexico is the second largest market in Latin America’s renewable energy sector and the one that offers the highest growth potential. During a time of transition in which the rules of the market are being redefined and technical standards updated, applications for pre-feasibility studies up until 2018 have already exceeded 27,400 MW. For this trend to consolidate, a legal framework and robust technique is critical that satisfies the interests of both the public and the developers, without compromising electrical grid stability.

There are currently four Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) solar plants operating in Mexico: two CFE pilot projects in Baja California, with capacities of 5 MW and 1 MW respectively; and two small producer projects, one in Baja California Sur with a capacity of 30 MW and the other in Durango with a capacity of 17 MW.

In 2013 the country’s first major PV plant was inaugurated in La Paz, connected to the Baja California off-grid system. Since coming online it has experienced serious problems as it has had to address highly unstable situations, mainly as a result of the grid’s isolation and the lack of devices that would allow the plant to store energy and thus better respond to such events. Leer más…

Raquel Martínez Aranda
Key Account Mexico, GPTech

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016