The first power from a giant solar energy park in the desert of northern Mexico will enter the country’s electricity grid in April, officials said on Thursday, as the nation aims to burnish its green credentials with the flagship project.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has hailed the $1.6 billion project – set to be Latin America’s largest solar park – as key to reaching Mexico’s goal of producing at least 35% of all energy consumed from clean and renewable sources by 2024.
But environmentalists and the opposition have dismissed the project, known as Plan Sonora after the state where it is located, as a sideshow distracting from a retrograde nationalist energy policy that has prioritized state company CFE and its highly polluting power plants.
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