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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: 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

Solar Water Heating Legislation in Mexico (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 16, 2009

Jaime Brash G., from the Mexican National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE), made this presentation during a solar heating and cooling workshop which took place in July 2009 in Mexico City.

The presentation explains the national programme PROCALSOL (2007-2012) created to boost solar energy in the Mexican residential sector. It refers the main obstacles and drivers of the solar thermal development and the new regulations brought by the programme.

Estimations are that by 2012, 1.800.000 m2 of solar collectors will be in place.

Mexico: Every Third Solar System is Used Commercially

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 19, 2009

Commercial use of solar water heaters is gaining momentum in Mexico. Hotels, public swimming pools and industries used about 30 % of the 165,632 m2 (116 MWth) of collector area installed in 2008 to cover their demand in hot water or heating (see the following figure), concluded a market study by the national solar industry association ANES (Asociación Nacional de Energía Solar).

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