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Mexico going big on solar power

The world continues to see varied politically-driven efforts to either promote or reel in solar power use. While the UK government continues to reduce solar tariffs, in India whole remote areas are planned to be totally powered by solar panels, removing or reducing their need for connection to the electrical grid and saving costly pylon building.

Meanwhile in Mexico, the government is driving solar adoption with a recent auction to boost its green power usage on a large scale. The country’s first energy auction saw 1,720 MW worth of wind and solar power contracts offered out to a range of companies to help provide Mexico with more renewable power. The deals are part of the country’s goal to derive 35% of its power from environmentally friendly sources by 2024.

One of the winning bidders is Italy’s ENEL Green Power, which won the rights to generate 1 GW of power through three solar installations across the Central American country. This shows the international nature of the green power business, and how nations that are willing to invest in green power can attract competition to build them, reducing the costs. There were over 200 bidders for the first round of projects with more to come from the Mexican government.

Not far away, Panama is another state looking into improved tax breaks for solar power. The country’s new legislation would make solar panels and other renewable items or components free from import duties, making it easier for them to enter the small country. These examples highlight how many nations continue to drive further adoption, they also put into stark relief those countries that continue to politically depress adoption of solar power by cutting tariffs and pandering to dirty power companies.

Fortunately, both home owners and businesses in the United Kingdom can still adopt solar power for free or at relatively low costs to help drive the green agenda, while saving power, reducing your electricity bill and doing your bit for the planet. While the UK government has little clue how to reach its climate goals, all of us can play a part in making the country a greener place.