MEXICAN WIND INDUSTRY CHAMPION 2018

 

For the person that has done the most to support, drive or assist the growth of the wind power industry over the past 12 months

 

Have made measureable progress towards furthering the development of wind power in Mexico

Demonstrates a positive social and/or economic impact in the wind industry

Demonstrates a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance, innovation, and commitment to the furthering of Mexico’s wind power sector


And the nominees are...

 

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Benigno Villareal - Vive Energía

Vive Energía S.A.P.I. de C.V. es una empresa mexicana desarrolladora de proyectos de energía renovable que en alianza estratégica con Envision Energy International (www.envisioncn.com), empresa china suministradora de turbinas eólicas inteligentes han colaborado en el despliegue de más de 600 MW de desarrollo eólico en diversas regiones del país. En México, esta alianza se encuentra en el desarrollo y construcción de un portafolio de 770 MW de energía eólica el cual será incrementado para alcanzar 1.5 GW para el 2020.

En el primer semestre del 2018 la empresa se convirtió en la primera generadora de energía limpia en Yucatán, con la puesta en servicio del parque eólico de Dzilam de Bravo, “Eólica del Golfo 1”, que abastecerá a la Comisión Federal de Electricidad para su comercialización al resto del país.
 

 

Adrian Katzew - Zuma Energía

Zuma Energia is Mexicos entrepreneurial leader in power generation, particularly dedicated to renewables. The company has been a major contributor to the development of the policy framework for wind power in Mexico and the related regulatory environment.  Zuma has been an active leader to promote dialogue in the industry, and together with the authorities, has worked across the main aspects of the power market reform, the design of the auction mechanism and the PPAs.    

In 2016, Zuma participated in Mexico´s second long-term electricity auction where the company was awarded the largest energy and Clean Energy Certificates volume (26.5% and 25.4%, respectively). The contracted portfolio included one wind farm of 424 MW and two solar projects with a combined capacity of 337 MW, in addition to the 49.5 MW wind farm already in operation in Oaxaca.    

On August 1st 2017, Zuma’s Reynosa Wind Farm was the first project in Mexico to achieve financial close on project financing of all the awarded PPAs in the long term electricity auctions held in Mexico. Zuma secured $616m in project financing to build Mexico´s largest wind farm and one of Latin America´s biggest, with 424 MW in the State of Tamaulipas. It will provide clean power to approximately 900 thousand Mexicans annually and will also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, preventing the emission of 739,000 tons of CO2 annually.    

The wind farm is now under construction and is expected to commence commercial operation by the end of 2018,  The financial close was reached through development and commercial banks: Mexican National Bank of Foreign Trade (Bancomext), National Bank for Public Works and Services (Banobras), Nacional Financiera (Nafin), and Banco Santander. The financing also benefits from the support of EKF.    

The company pioneered in the negotiation with financial institutions presenting a strong case and explaining how the auction mechanism work in Mexico, the intricacies of PPAs, guarantees and the importance of being commissioned on time. The arduous work of Zuma set precedent of how these transactions will be structured in the future and paved the way for other companies to reach financing.    

The Reynosa Wind Farm is being constructed in a region that has impressive wind potential but where only a few wind farms operate to date. Zuma will be responsible of more than 50% of the renewable energy that is currently being constructed in the State of Tamaulipas.    

Zuma is a committed neighbor with the communities where it operates. The company is very conscious and active in the development of its projects and focuses in creating local value chains, direct and temporary jobs and the development of new talent. Zuma has developed an initiative to create education opportunities through scholarships and internship programs. Zuma is seeking outstanding talent in the states where their projects are located to offer scholarships to attend one of the most distinguished universities in Mexico (ITAM), and has a program with the non-for-profit INROADS to detect talented students in public universities and offer them internship opportunities within Zuma´s structure.    

Zuma´s wind projects will also contribute to the efforts being made by Mexico to tackle climate change and reach its target of producing 35% of electricity from clean sources by 2024. As well as producing renewable energy, the project will generate Clean Energy Certificates that have been contracted by the Federal Electricity Commission for the next 20 years. 

 

 

Gerardo Perez Guerra - EDF Energies Nouvelles 

EDF Energies Nouvelles has been actively developing its place in Mexico's wind power sector since its early beginnings.

EDF EN México es una filial local del grupo francés de energías renovables EDF Énergies Nouvelles S.A. que se enfoca principalmente en la construcción de parques eólicos en México. El parque eólico de 67,5MW La Ventosa comenzó a operar en 2010. El parque eólico de 164MW Bii Stinu fue encomendado en 2013 y, en 2014, la compañía inició su tercer proyecto, el parque eólico de 160MW Santo Domingo. Los tres proyectos se ubican en el estado de Oaxaca.

The company is also set to put the 252 MW of capacity at its Gunaa Sicarú wind farm in Oaxaca into operation in the first quarter of 2019. It was secured in the second auction and the company is developing it as a 300-MW project.

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