Mexico-based Granite Chief has partnered with SolFocus to develop several megawatts of solar power plants throughout Mexico. The power plants will use CPV technology with Granite Chief leading the development of the projects and SolFocus providing the technology needed to complete the installations.
The first solar project will be a 1MW CPV solar farm at Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato, which will use 113 of SolFocus’ SF-1100S CPV systems. The project will provide solar power to Granite Chief’s factory with construction expected to begin later this year and completion reached in early 2012.
“This power plant alone will provide about a 25% increase in the operational capacity of solar energy in Mexico,” said Granite Chief CEO Fernando Arriaga. “Installation of this plant at our own factory provides an excellent return to the company in reduced energy costs, and also showcases the potential for similar plants across Mexico. With the excellent generation capability of SolFocus CPV, we can provide customers a dependable electricity supply with predictable energy prices.” He added, “We anticipate deploying up to 20MW of SolFocus CPV over the next 24 months – these projects are just the start for solar energy in our country.”
Granite Chief announced at the Green Expo in Mexico City on September 28 that it would donate a demonstration project to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). The donation includes SolFocus’ SF-1100S CPV system, which will help provide power to campus lighting and give the community first-hand experience with solar technology.