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Mexico: New Idea Exchange on Solar Process Heat

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 18, 2017
Mexico Platform MeetingDuring an event in Mexico City on 30 August, a collaboration agreement was signed to establish a platform for promoting solar heat in Mexico. The partners in this project are ANES, the national solar energy association; DKTI Solar, the Large-Scale Solar Energy Programme by the German Agency for International Cooperation; and CONUEE, the National Commission for Energy Efficiency. The agreement is intended to result in an inter-institutional platform, to which stakeholders will contribute at their own expense.
Photo: GIZ México

Mexico: ANES to Provide National Solar Market Statistics

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 24, 2014
Since 2010, there have been no official figures on the real size of Mexico’s solar thermal market. The national solar energy association, ANES, is now carrying out an ambitious survey to show just how much solar thermal and photovoltaic capacity has been installed in the country. The results will be published in the second half of 2014 and may be a useful tool for promoting new incentive schemes. The latest estimates show 200 MW (285,000 m²) of newly installed solar thermal capacity in 2013.

Mexico: Fight for New Incentives

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 13, 2013

Mexico’s solar thermal programme Procalsol restarted in August 2013. The Procalsol working group of renewable energy industry association FAMERAC (Fabricantes Mexicanos en las Energías Renovables) is currently lobbying to establish new incentives, a unified national quality standard and new standards for accredited solar installers. The new Procalsol group expects to increase the domestic market by 20% annually up to 2018. But the weak situation of the construction market is hampering the solar thermal sector and installation figures in 2013 are expected to be lower than the ones of last year. The photo shows a solar hot water system for workers' showers in a car parts factory, consisting of 25 collectors and a 4,000-litres storage tank.
Photo: Sunway

Mexico: FAMERAC Lobbies for Stricter Solar Thermal System Standards

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2013

The election of the new Mexican government in December 2012 officially ended the strategic plan for solar thermal energy, Procalsol. The organisation of solar thermal manufacturers, FAMERAC, has been in talks with the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) and the new energy ministry to develop a strategy for a new Procalsol from 2013 to 2018. But Procalsol as a strategic framework is only one of three areas in which FAMERAC is lobbying for solar thermal at the moment, says Daniel García, the new President of FAMERAC and Sales Director of Mexican collector manufacturer Modulo Solar. The second area is standardisation and quality assurance of solar components and systems. The third concern of the association has been to improve the quality of solar installations.
Photo: Modulo Solar

Mexico: Lab Group Targets Uniform Test Standard

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 20, 2013

The workshop Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters, which took place in Mexico in September 2012, seems to bear fruit: The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) seized the initiative to help establish a group of solar test laboratories, which developed their first joint action plan during their first meeting in November 2012. Four of the five Mexican solar thermal test facilities joined the newly formed group LabSolMx: The Energy Research Center of the Autonomous University of Mexico, CIE-UNAM, the Autonomous University of Mexico City, UACM, the Mexican Solar Test Laboratory, Mexolab, and the company Saltillo Industrial Group, GIS, which runs a commercial laboratory. Among the participants of the workshop was Alvaro Lentz Herrera, Professor at the UACM and President of Mexico’s national solar energy association, ANES. The University of Guanajuato has not joined the group, because its lab mainly focuses on research.

Mexico: Procalsol Programme Ends this Year

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 22, 2012

 Solar thermal statistics of Mexico The programme Procalsol that started in 2007 will end in December 2012. It has been Mexico’s first long-term scheme to support solar water heating. Experts disagree on whether the end of Procalsol will influence the solar thermal market in the country. In addition, it is not only the Procalsol’s end which makes predictions difficult: This July, the Mexicans will elect a new president, who will take over in December. The chart shows that the annual installed collector area has lagged behind Procalsol’s plans since 2009. Around 30 % of the installed collector area in the chart above include unglazed swimming pool absorbers.
Source: Solar Heat Worldwide, Anes, manufacturer`s information

Mexico: UNDP starts Best Practices Recognition Award 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 26, 2011

 Calentadores solares de agua” Public institutions and private enterprises which run high-yield solar water heater projects are now able to submit their application to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Mexico. “The most outstanding projects on solar water heating development in Mexico will be recognised with an Award,” UNDP Mexico stated at the beginning of July. Interested private and public actors are invited to send their documentation to until 10 August 2011.

Mexico: Vacuum tubes in 48 % of residential Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 31, 2010

 marketing campaign for solar hot water systems” The marketing campaign for solar hot water systems in the residential sector in Mexico, Procalsol (2007 to 2012), bore fruit: According to the annual market statistics of the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES), the newly installed collector area in households almost tripled from 53,183 m2 in 2008 to 132,934 m2 last year.

Mexico: New Industry Association Protects Local Industry Against Cheap Imports

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 30, 2010

 Salvador Steffani” Since 1976 in the solar thermal business: Salvador Steffani is the founder and General Director of the collector manufacturer Captasol. His company is initiator of the newly founded Renewable Energy Industry Association FAMERAC and member of the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES).
Photo: Captasol

Mexico: 25,000 “Solar Roofs” Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2009

 Mexico Solar Roofs Programme” Small thermosiphon systems are in the focus point of the new 25,000 Solar Roofs Programme of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Mexico.

Photo: GTZ Mexico


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