Mexican power sector studies institute IIE has started work on a $65,000 feasibility study into solar and wind power generation in the northern part of Mexico's Nuevo Leon state, says Samuel Alatorre of Fidenor, the development trust for the north of Nuevo Leon. It is financing 25% of the study costs. As well as contracting the study to IIE, Fidenor also asked the institute to seek financing for the evaluation of wind resources and other renewables, says IIE wind power investigator Marco Antonio Borja. As a result, IIE secured the remaining 75% financing through a grant from the North American Development Bank (NADB). Preliminary figures from state power company CFE say the north east of Mexico has a wind generation potential of 400 W/square metre, Alatorre says. Nuevo Leon's northern area measures 22,000 square kilometres. The study seeks to identify what the real potential is. A Fidenor stated aim is to make the power sector infrastructure in the area more flexible to encourage sustainable economic development. A second objective is to enable municipalities to reduce power costs, making money available for development programs that was previously spent on buying power, Alatorre continues. According to NADB, the study is for 12 months, but Fidenor has agreed with IIE to extend this to around 18 months. Nuevo Leon state firmly believes in wind and solar development and is starting studies now so that when generation legislation opens up in the future it will be in a position to start investments immediately, Alatorre says.
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