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article imageMexico Launches World's Biggest Wind Farm in Oaxaca

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 23, 2009 in Environment
The world’s largest building materials supplier CEMEX will launch one of the biggest wind farms in Mexico, providing 250 MW of power.
Mexico is leading the way for its North American neighbors U.S. and Canada to follow. CEMEX, a private multinational company, will launch one of the world’s biggest wind farms in the southern state of Oaxaca.
CEMEX S.A. de C.V. is the world's largest building materials supplier and the third largest cement producer.
Since CEMEX cement company contributes about 5 per cent of the planet’s total CO2 emissions, it wants to offset it by investing in renewable sources to meet the terms set by the Clean Development Mechanism, a pollutant trading system mandated under the Kyoto Protocol.
CEMEX will launch this project with ACCIONA Energia, another energy provider in Mexico. Together, they will install 167 wind turbines with 1.5 MW of capacity each, totaling 250 MW. This will help reduce six million tons of CO2 within 10 years.
The wind farms are located in Juchitan, Oaxaca in a 2,500 hectare area in the Tehuantepec Isthmus, which is supposed to have the best wind resources in Latin America.
Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission is happy that this project will rely less on its oil resources for energy requirements within the country. It plans to have renewable energy sources to provide as much as 23 percent of the total energy needs by 2012.
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