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CDMX will install solar panels on the roof of the Central de Abasto

(Photo: EFE / Marcelo Sayão) (Photo: . / Marcelo Sayão)

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Head of Government of Mexico City, announced in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy (Sener), the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), two renewable energy projects in the Mexican capital.

One of them is to install photovoltaic panels on the roofs of the warehouses of the Central de Abasto (Yield), “The largest installation in the world inside a city”, which will have a capacity of 18 megawatts, generating 27.3 gigawatts per year, with which said plant will have a scope for 440,000 Ceda users.

Fadlala Akabani, Head of the Capital Economic Development Secretariat, indicated that among the economic benefits of this project will be the saving of 73.5 million pesos in electricity bills, a decrease in 13,852 tons of CO2, equivalent to what is absorbed by 890,000 trees during 25 years of operation of these panels. With an investment of 500 million pesos, it is estimated that its construction will begin this year and will be in June 2022 when the plant goes into operation.

“An urban solar field on the roof of the Central de Abasto, which can generate – according to the balance that the Federal Electricity Commission makes at the time 250 megawatts; that will help a lot to all the merchants of the Central de Abastos, and it is clean energy within the city ”, detailed Rocío Nahle, holder of the Sener; however, the CFE will be the one to make the corresponding balance.

(Photo: Reuters / Carlos Jasso) (Photo: . / Carlos Jasso)

Akabani explained that the Government of Mexico City will supervise, of course, with the company assigned to do so, in coordination with the SSecretary of Economic Development of the Government of Mexico City.

The second project consists of the conversion of municipal solid waste into charcoal pellets for thermoelectric plants of the CFE.

In detail, Dr. Luis Álvarez Icaza, professor at UNAM, explained that the project will seek the production of hydrocarbon. In this way, the production of a large amount of CO2 and methane emissions. The specialist mentioned that the project is self-financing due to the profit that is recovered from the sale of hydrocarbon.

He also said that the resources saved can be used to partially pay the great cost it has for the CDMX the management of its urban waste “which more or less corresponds to an estimated 1,200, 1,400 million pesos a year.”

(Photo: CDMX) (Photo: CDMX)

On the other hand, he mentioned that this project is planning an expansion; in the first phase, 72 tons per day of organic matter, in the second phase it would rise to 380, in the third phase to 1,250 tons and in the fourth phase to 2,500.

“All the rudeness of these four phases would occur exactly where the plant is located. compost (located north of the Benito Juárez Airport in Mexico City) ”.

It is worth mentioning that both projects will be financed with the Energy Transition and Sustainability Fund (Phase) of the Sener, therefore, the capital government will have federal resources, but it will be the CFE who will do the bidding and the respective award.

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