German wind power company Fuhrländer is starting wind measurements in Mexico's Hidalgo state with a view to setting up a wind turbine manufacturing facility if the market potential warrants it. According to the Hidalgo state government, studies are underway at Pachuca, Epazoyucan and Mineral de la Reforma. But even if good winds are found: "The problem in Mexico is that there is no legislation in renewables," says Fuhrländer's Mexico representative Gonzalo Prado. This makes power purchase agreements difficult to obtain. Fuhrländer has nonetheless established a Mexican subsidiary, Energías Eolicas de México, together with local partners. It says a market of 300-400 MW would mean the government's aim of seeing 70% of the technology made in Mexico could be met. Fuhrländer is one of a number of companies involved in a wind project in Oaxaca state (Windpower Monthly, February 2002). Elsewhere in the region it is considering possibilities in Panama, Prado says.
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