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Mexican city switches on to eco-friendly public lighting

Energy will be supplied by a new solar plant so will produce zero carbon emissions

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Fortius Solar recently completed its Jalisco 1 solar orchard
Fortius Solar recently completed its Jalisco 1 solar orchard

Mexican sustainable energy company, Power Iluminare, and Fortius Electromecanica, which provides electrical, mechanical and renewable services in the country, have formed a joint venture to supply public lighting for the next 18 years to the city of Zapopan in the state of Jalisco.


The contract for the project has a net worth of more than USD $238,751,010 and will include the installation, maintenance and operation of over 70,000 streetlights. Zapopan has a population of 1.2 million and is part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area.


"We are creating a smart, affordable eco-friendly infrastructure that will bring public lighting through sustainable power to the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco," said Eduardo Riguero Escoto, founding and main partner of Power Iluminare, SAPI de CV.


He added: "This new project represents our steadfast commitment to Mexico’s energy reform by diminishing the energy consumption of Zapopan, delivering energy efficient lighting for the benefit of our community, our security, our environment and the economy."


According to Riguero, this joint venture is the first in a series of long-term projects. "We are pleased to announce our plans to provide solar power to fuel the public lighting system of Zapopan and the private sector for the next 18 years."


LED street lights will reduce energy consumption in the municipality and also produce zero carbon emissions since its energy will be supplied by a new solar plant. This has been created by Mexican developer and partner of Power and Fortius Electromecanica, Fortius Solar. It recently completed its Jalisco 1 project, a solar orchard dedicated to the production of photovoltaic (PV) energy.


These two projects combined represent a global reduction of 10,090 tons of CO2 per year or a US equivalency of 168,316,667 square feet of emissions per year, the approximate size of 60 Empire State Buildings.


"As Mexico prepares to meet future energy demands, it must invest in eco-friendly technology and sustainable energy projects that help stabilise the cost to consumers and make it available to a greater number of households," says Riguero. "Also important is the positive economic impact of projects such as the public lighting system of Zapopan and Jalisco 1, which will provide more than 200 jobs for their installation, management and operation."


Fortius and Power is committed to sustainable development and to providing quality services throughout projects, electromechanical installations and renewable energy alternatives at the forefront of technology.


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