Sep 13 (Renewables Now) - The government of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas announced on Tuesday the start of operations of two new wind parks with a combined capacity of 100 MW.
Located in the municipality of Guemez, the La Mesa and Victoria wind parks consist of 30 turbines supplied by Danish company Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS).
Both facilities are operated by local company Gemex Energias Renovables. The output will be used to supply energy to 311 stores owned by supermarket chain Grupo Soriana over a 20-year period.
Tamaulipas has the potential to become Mexico's energy capital due to its leadership in clean energy production, said governor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca.
Overall, Tamaulipas has so far attracted more than MXN 36 billion (USD 2bn/EUR 1.6bn) in wind energy investments. Currently, the state has a wind capacity of 1.5 GW, which represents about one-fifth of the country's total energy production and can offset 1,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year, the government noted.
(MXN 1 = USD 0.056/EUR 0.047)