The global warming of the earth’s surface is accelerating, at the same time that heat waves and torrential rains have increased both in frequency and intensity in various regions of the planet, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate science.

One of the great goals is the reduction of the tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) released into the atmosphere and one of the ways is the use of photovoltaic industry.


There are two formats for photovoltaic industry, not only in Mexico but in the world: Large Scale and Small Scale, the latter also called Distributed Generation, described Leonardo Velasco Ochoa, president of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Association of the Photovoltaic Industry (AMIF).

In an interview with El Economista, Velasco mentioned that for projects under 500 kW in houses, small businesses and industry, they see enormous potential for growth.

“Today we have some clarity in terms of how much capacity we can add without saturating the distribution nodes in Mexico and we know that we could double our accumulated installed capacity in the next five years, this is equivalent to 2 GW ”.

He emphasized that for large-scale projects there is the enormous challenge of reconciling political positions, however, the inclusion of photovoltaic in the mix of generation technologies on a large scale it is unstoppable.

“If anything there will be a brief slowdown this six-year term in this type of investment. We hope to see a more accurate outlook for this type of investment soon. It is a pity that we are not innovating and implementing with the same commitment that other countries have towards renewables in this format ”, said the president of the Board of Directors of the AMIF.

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The AMIF promotes the growth of national entrepreneurs throughout the production chain that integrates the photovoltaic industry. “Our work has been the professionalization technique mainly, towards the installers of Photovoltaic systems in houses, businesses and industry ”.


When questioning what are your concerns about the energy counter-reform of the Mexican government, Velasco Ochoa mentioned that “the contemporary political debate continually lacks the details that are essential to understand the pros and cons of each situation at the debate table.

“We have always had a proactive dialogue with the CFE and the Energy regulatory commission, ensuring free and non-discriminatory access to electrical networks and an outlook of certainty towards investments in photovoltaic technologies. In the Association we have opened many work tables and political lobbying to generate informational inputs before various political actors.

“One of my biggest concerns is that Distributed generation is being slightly relegated in the conversation. On AMIF we want to see a clear roadmap in the promotion and professionalization of this modality. In a technical analysis of the reform proposal, the Distributed generation it does not seem like a priority of the federal government. We are concerned that centralizing all management with CFE it could mean conflicts of interest ”.


The leader of the AMIF considered that within the opportunities our country has to meet its 2050 climate goals, one of the fundamental aspects is that “Mexico has to avoid the elusive accounting of its Determined Contributions at the national level. The commitments made both in adaptation and mitigation of emissions must be clearer. We are close to ratification and we look forward to the new goals in the COP26 be ambitious.

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“If Mexico plans to increase the use of fossil fuels and delays their migration to Clean technologies, it will be very difficult to achieve our goals. It is important to mention it, the situation that the CFE It is not an isolated situation, this is happening to all the companies on the planet that have failed to migrate and pivot in an accelerated way towards new technologies”, Concluded Velasco, president of the Board of Directors of the AMIF.

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