Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
The Mexican WEC Member Committee reports that by end-2005 a cumulative total of 18 650 kW PV capacity had been installed, and that total generation from PV systems in 2005 was just over 34 000 MWh. It also reports that recent studies for a forthcoming 4-year rural electrification programme, co-financed by the GEF, the World Bank and the Mexican Government, have shown that PV would be the least expensive alternative in more than 51% of almost 9 500 targeted communities in four southern states. A pilot neighbourhood of 100 houses with PV roof-tops of 1 kW each is planned for implementation in northwest Mexico in the near future.
In 2005, the Mexican PV market was about 0.5 MWp, of which rural electrification accounted for 307 kWp (including 242 water pumping systems with 200 kWp), grid-connected systems for 30 kWp, and professional applications (telecommunications, offshore oil platforms, etc.) for 175 kWp.
The Balance nacional de energía 2004 states that at end-2004 there were
642 644 m2 of flat-plate solar collectors installed, mainly used for heating water for swimming pools and general hygiene. Solar heat production in 2005 was an estimated 3 075 TJ.