25 August 2017 2017 03:05 PM GMT

Vestas Wins 424 MW Project; Largest Mexican Wind Park, And Strengthens Position

Vestas has received an order for the largest wind park in Mexico. The order consists of 123 V136-3.45 MW turbines for a 424 MW project in Mexico. With this contract, Vestas’ order intake from Mexico’s energy auctions reaches almost 500 MW. Zuma Energía has placed the firm and unconditional order for the Parque Eólico Reynosa project in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, which will be one of the largest wind power projects in Latin America. The order consists of 123 V136-3.45 MW turbines for a 424 MW project in Mexico. With this contract, Vestas’ order intake from Mexico’s energy auctions reaches almost 500 MW.

Established in 2014, Zuma Energía is a leading Mexican player within renewable energy financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica, which both have a successful track record of building large renewable energy operations across the Americas and Europe. The order includes supply and installation of the wind turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service contract. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin late 2017, with commissioning expected in 2018.

“Mexico is undergoing a historical moment in its energy policy and we are extremely pleased to play an active role in this process. By building Mexico’s largest wind park with Vestas’ turbines we are taking a bold step in the country’s transition towards renewables”, says Adrián Katzew, CEO of Zuma Energía.  “Tamaulipas has a leading position in the country within wind energy and we are proud to be part of this by installing the Reynosa project. The blades for V136-3.45 MW projects in Latin America will be produced in Mexico which underlines our long-term localisation strategy in Mexico and Vestas’ strong commitment to support  Mexico´s renewable target of 35 percent of clean energy by 2024”, says Angélica Ruiz Celis, Vestas’ Managing Director for Mexico and northern Latin America.

Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean, comments “During the auction, we mobilised our teams in Mexico City, Madrid and Copenhagen in order to put all of our expertise, market-leading product portfolio and service offerings at Zuma’s disposal. Our ability to do so was key to helping Zuma build a compelling, profitable and sustainable business case, showcasing Vestas’ expertise in auctions”.  Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market back in 1994 when it installed the first commercial wind turbine in the country. With this new order, Vestas has more than 1.5 GW of wind turbines either installed or under construction in Mexico.

June 22nd 2018
Growth Of Renewables In Peru As Enel Opens Largest Wind Farm In Country

Enel is now Peru’s leading renewable energy generator with around 1.1 GW of installed capacity following the commissioning of Wayra I which, with more than 132 MW, is now Peru’s largest wind farm. Built in approximately a year and comprising 42 wind turbines of 3 MW over each, it’s expected to produce 600 GWh per year; enough to avoid the annual emission of over 285,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The energy generated by the wind farm is being delivered to the Peruvian transmission grid (SEIN) through the Poroma substation. The project is supported by a 20-year energy supply contract with Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines.

May 29th 2018
Chinese Solar Surge Fuels Overall Global Growth In Clean Energy Investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion. An extraordinary boom in photovoltaic installations made 2017 a record year for China’s investment in clean energy. This outpaced changes elsewhere, including jumps in investment in Australia and Mexico, and declines in Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The figures up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, in 2015.

June 20th 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

June 18th 2018
IET’s Renewable Power Generation Conference Comes To Copenhagen

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s popular Renewable Power Generation conference will be making its first visit to Denmark this year. The conference, now in its 7th iteration, will be hosted by the Center for Electric Power and Energy at DTU, which also manages the world-class experiment platform for research and development of renewables integration – PowerLabDK. Over 180 new research papers will be presented at the conference. Attendees will be able to find out the latest ideas and thinking around wind power plant modelling and control; wave and tidal energy; renewable energy forecasting; power conversion and grid interaction; Hybrid systems combining multiple energy sources; the impact of distributed generation and use of HVDC.