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Chihuahua Children’s Hospital to Benefit from Pilot Solar Project with Support from North American Development Bank

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—The North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) signed a letter agreement with the State of Chihuahua to support the implementation of a pilot solar energy project in the city of Chihuahua.

Within the framework of the Solar Power International 2011 conference in Dallas, Texas, the agreement was signed by Javier Garfio Pacheco, Secretary of Communications and Public Works for the State of Chihuahua, NADB Deputy Managing Director Alex Hinojosa, and BECC Deputy General Manager José Mario Sánchez.

The $900,000 project consists of installing a 250 kW solar plant to supply electricity to a new children’s hospital in the city of Chihuahua and will serve to strengthen the State’s capacity to aid in the promotion and development of the renewable energy sector in the state.

NADB will provide a US$300,000 grant for design, development, training, oversight, planning, and implementation services, while BECC will provide a US$50,000 grant to complement part of the funds needed for these development activities.

The State of Chihuahua also secured a commitment from Suntech Power Holdings Company, Ltd, to donate the solar panels for the project, as well as a commitment from Schneider Electric to provide the inverters required for the project.

SunEdison Spain Construction, S.L.U., has agreed to provide an array of implementation services to the project. The grants from NADB and BECC will cover these costs.

“We are grateful to NADB, BECC and the companies involved for supporting Chihuahua in its efforts to provide solar energy to the children’s hospital, which will see a savings of about 20% in electricity costs,” said Garfio Pacheco. “This solar energy project is the first to be implemented in Chihuahua, and we hope that it will serve as a guide for more projects of this type in Chihuahua.”

The Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua will operate the solar facility through its renewable energy certification program, and at the same time use it to undertake research studies that will provide information on the state’s solar resources.