The Mexican government has officially inaugurated its first sustainable-energy wind park in the Yucatan as part of a bold plan to combat the effects of climate change and invest in green power. The new wind farm is located on the coast northeast of Merida in Dzilam de Bravo and will provide six percent of the total energy consumed in Yucatan state. It is the first of 27 planned green energy parks coming to the region, including one that is already under construction just to the south in the town of Tizimín.
“With the opening of the wind farm, Yucatan is placed at the forefront in the generation of clean energy”, stated Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal in a press release.
$120 million USD was invested in the construction of the new park in Dzilam de Bravo and 28 wind turbines were launched, producing approximately 270 gigawatts of power, which can power up to 170,000 households.
Strong breezes and warm, sunny weather work to make Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula ideal for both solar and wind powered energy investment, which will also protect the region’s pristine natural environment and provide sustainable power to the state. Upon completion, the new green energy parks will generate 3,400 megawatts of power and will bring investments of at least $4 billion USD to the Yucatan.
The new wind farm at Dzilam de Bravo is already selling some of its energy to a factory operated by Mars, Inc., which signed a 15-year purchase agreement to use the renewable energy to power all of the plant’s operations. This move is part of the candy giant’s global efforts to flip the switch to green energy, which includes a commitment to reach 100% renewable power by 2040.
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