Operations and Maintenance guidelines to support further solar growth in Mexico

SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX launches Mexican edition of the O&M Best Practices Guidelines

Today at the Green Expo in Mexico City, SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX launched the Mexican edition of the Operation & Maintenance(O&M)Best Practices Guidelines.
Hector Olea, President of ASOLMEX said: “The Mexican solar sector is moving from a development and construction phase to a commercial operational stage. In fact, in August 2018, 30 large scale PV projects have reached commercial operation in the country, and more will come at the end of this year. Thus, identifying O&M best practices is now a priority in the industry and a new business opportunity for specialized service providers. This new edition of the O&M Guidelines couldn’t come at a better time.”

Joscha Rosenbusch, Principal Advisor of the “Large Scale Solar Energy Program” of GIZ said: “High industry standards and best practices along the value chain are crucial to ensure a sustained long term growth of solar markets. Within the German – Mexican bilateral cooperation, GIZ´s “Large-Scale Solar Energy Program” is strongly committed to supporting the sustainable development of the solar market in Mexico. Therefore, GIZ supports the initiative of SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX of promoting “Operation & Maintenance” best practices for solar plants in Mexico. This will strengthen the deployment of solar technology and finally help to harvest its great environmental and economic benefits for the end users.”

In June 2018, SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and Mexican solar markets. Operations and Maintenance has been identified as one of the key areas of cooperation in the agreement.

James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe said: “The Mexican solar market is thriving and is expected to surpass gigawatt-scale this year. In this scenario, it is important to ensure proper health care for the assets to meet performance expectations to continue to grow long term. We look forward to working with ASOLMEX to exchange knowledge and best practices on operations and maintenance, this will help optimise both the technical and economic performance of solar plants in Europe and Mexico.”

The Spanish-language Mexican edition of the O&M Best Practices Guidelines, is based on Version 2.0 of the O&M Best Practices Guidelines and addresses the specificities of the Mexican solar market. It was prepared in collaboration between SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX and is supported by the “Large Scale Solar Energy Program” of the German-Mexican bilateral cooperation, implemented by the Mexican Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Kristina Thoring – Senior Political Communications Advisor

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