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Detail of GEF Project #1284

GEF Project ID1284
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameAction Plan for Removing Barriers to the Full-scale Implementation of Wind Power
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaClimate Change
Operational Program6
Pipeline Entry Date2001-05-04
Approval Date2002-10-15
CEO Endorsement Date2003-08-13
GEF Agency Approval Date2004-01-21
Project Completion Date2010-12-31
Project StatusProject Completion
Executing AgencyEnergy Secretariat (SENER)
DescriptionThe objective of the project is to reduce identified wind energy barriers to facilitate the installation and operation of the 3 first commercial scale wind energy plants in Mexico with central grid connection. The project aims to reduce annual carbon emissions in Mexico through the installation and operation of commercial wind power plants in Mexico on a massive scale, delivering electricity to certain market niches or directly to the central grid under revised national wind energy contracts. To reach the sought objectives of this project, a phased approach is proposed. In Phase 1 the project will include activities aimed at promoting capacity building, detailed wind measurements at promising sites and wind energy mapping, technology assessment, adoption of international standards and best practices, development of appropriate contracting and bidding procedures, to obtain the fundamental elements needed for subsequent commercial deployment of wind power in Mexico. The design and implementation of awareness campaigns among the main actors in the energy sector in Mexico will be key to the success of this pre-commercial development stage. A wind facility will also be constructed and put into operation in the region of “La Ventosa” in the state of Oaxaca. Phase 2 of the project will be contingent on the success of Phase 1 and will have a duration of 3 years. It will utilize a competitive bidding process for commercial wind power development to pilot commercial wind IPP projects. The goal would be to install three 20MW wind power projects.
Implementation StatusJul-Sept 2007: Outcome 1: So far the Ministry of Energy has not responded to the intention of the project to support the implementation of any of the selected proposal. Outcome 2: The civil works for the construction of the RWTC is progressing as established in the contract. The main access to the site, the wind turbine’s service road and the workshop section are finished. Regarding the wind turbine’s acquisition process, the quote received from manufacturers largely surpasses the project’s established budget. As a result, the Executive Committee has decided to use the initial prodoc’s established budget of USD$ 740,000, to support the future installation of wind turbines by third parties: a) CFE’s wind turbine relocation to the RWTC, b) design of the wind turbine prototype by the IIE to be installed in the RWTC by the end of 2010, and c) IUSA Co, who has recently expressed its interest in installing two 2MW wind turbines for the self-supply of electricity. Outcome 3: 22 anemometric stations installed and in operation. All the anemometric data is available at the web site of the project. Outcome 4: The “Wind energy peninsular forum” and the course "Wind power” are in progress.
GEF Project Grant
4,736,000 USD
GEF Grant
4,736,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
7,076,000 USD
Project Cost
11,812,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
4,736,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
7,076,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
11,812,000 USD
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