The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and SolFocus have commissioned a 16.8 kW installation of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems at the BECC offices in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Juarez, Mexico.
The SolFocus installation, which includes two solar arrays, will produce 43.13 MWh annually, and is powering roughly one-third of the office building's needs. Private-sector partners SolFocus and Sonnergia worked with public-sector partner BECC to complete the project.
This is the first CPV installation in the Northern Mexico border region, SolFocus notes. The U.S.-Mexico border region has significant solar resources that make it an ideal environment for CPV technology; a constant source of intense sunrays provides an annual average of seven to eight kWh per square meter daily, providing enough energy to power municipalities, airports, colleges and industrial complexes.