Distributed Generation Grew 40 Percent in 2019By Cas Biekmann | Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:21
According to official CRE numbers regarding small and medium-scale interconnection contracts for distributed generation in 2019, distributed generation grew 40 percent. Growth from 692MW to 975MW was possible due to an increase in Mexican homes that had solar panels installed on their roof, reported Energía Hoy.
Behind this growth is an estimated investment of US$1.71 billion. CRE reports that interconnection contracts increased from 94,893 to 129,893 last year. All 32 Mexican states have interconnection contracts but the states with the highest number of contracts are Nuevo Leon, State of Mexico, Chihuahua, Mexico City and Jalisco. The latter state leads the pack with 158MW.
CRE furthermore estimates that distributed generation will continue its explosive growth, going from 975MW at the end of 2019 to 3,201GW in the next four years. In its expansion, it will be adopted by almost half a million users throughout the country.
To date, solar roof installations have alleviated more than 8,400,000 tons of CO2. This is the equivalent to planting 77 million trees, an amount that can fill Mexico City’s famous Bosque de Chapultepec over 450 times, estimated Energía Hoy.
“The growth trend of solar roofs confirms photovoltaic power’s potential to establish itself as one of the most successful and competitive forms of energy generation in Mexico," said Héctor Olea, President of the Mexican Association of Solar Energy (ASOLMEX). He added that SMEs and marginalized communities stand to benefit from this expansion. Mexico has an excellent level of solar radiation. In addition, solar panels are becoming increasingly simple to manage as technology advances.
Jonah Greenberger, Co-Founder of residential solar market frontrunner Bright, thinks social isolation brought on by COVID-19 will not slow solar adoption: “We actually think the pandemic has increased interest in our panels. People are consuming more energy domestically, ranging from 10 to 80 percent more energy in Mexican households according to recent news. In general, people are at home and interested to save in this regard, but want to do so safely,” he said in a recent interview with MBN.