Action Plan for Removing Barriers to the Full-scale Implementation of Wind Power

Project Summary

The 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.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Energy Secretariat (SENER)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
4,736,000 USD
Co-financing Total
7,076,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 11,812,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
09 Apr 2001
Concept Approved
01 Oct 2002
Project Approved for Implementation
13 Aug 2003
Project closed
01 Nov 2011