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Tenesol builds Mexico’s largest solar education installation | Latinamerica
 
   

Tenesol builds Mexico?s largest solar education installation

Tenesol has delivered five turnkey solar installations for the purpose of education in Mexico. One of which, located on the rooftop of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Iztapalapa, is the country?s largest education installation. The system comprises 286 photovoltaic (PV) panels and has a 60 kWp capacity. Its primary function is as an educational tool, offering students practical, hands-on experience and understanding of how this renewable energy functions.

Julien Fayat, sales manager at Tenesol Mexico, the company?s wholly-owned subsidiary, believes a lack of government-led incentive or FiT in Mexico has caused a rise in the use of solar energy for education and marketing purposes.

The five education projects that Tenesol Mexico has provided turnkey solar systems for are located in schools and universities across the country. They range in size from 2 kWp to 60 kWp. The UAM solar system is situated on the rooftop of the Energy Department.

As the system will be used primarily for education, so too is Tenesol?s expertise. Upon completion of the turnkey project, the company provided comprehensive training to Professor Ruiz, members of her team and University students. The training ensured they fully understand the operation of the system, how to maintain it and its overall capabilities.

The electricity produced by the rooftop installation is used to power a four-storey building of classrooms. During the initial stage of the project, Tenesol?s evaluation team set out a 70 MWh per year production target for the installation. Now that the system is operational, Tenesol uses a remote monitoring system to ensure the productivity and efficiency of the installation remains at its peak. Solar collectors are also in place to produce hot water for the building.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2011-10-21