The high-technology science park in Baja California, Mexico, Silicon Border has finished the infrastructure needed for the beginning of its manufacturing development meant for green technology companies. The park will serve the semiconductor IC fabrication and solar photovoltaic community among other green sectors. This first phase, financed by ING/Clarion, stretches over 500 acres of developed land and contains a potable water plant and distribution, fiber optic telephone and data cable, power substations, waste treatment facilities.
The water treatment plant will be able to recycle up to 90% of the park’s water, while irrigating the rest. Silicon Border will also become the first science park in the world that uses LED lighting for all of its roadways and parking lots.
In November 2007, Silicon Border teamed up with contractor Grupo Maiz for a park that’s build-out exceeded US$150 million. Grupo Maiz will be the preferred contractor for any of the park’s tenants and customers.
Daniel J. Hill, CEO of Silicon Border said, “With [Grupo Maiz’s] help, Silicon Border is well on its way to providing the technology industry with a strategic manufacturing alternative to Asia. The build-out of phase one is a milestone for both Silicon Border and Mexico, who, in the end, will together create a viable opportunity for job creation and growth throughout North America.”
Phase two of the build-out, which will be an additional 900 acres, should be completed by 2011.