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Los Santos Solar I


The first utility scale project of Buenavista, as well as the first in the state of Chihuahua, Los Santos Solar I is a landmark project in México. Being the second largest solar plant in Mexico, Los Santos Solar I paves the way for a renewable energy transition in the country.

Chihuahua and Climate Change

Although the Chihuahuan desert is primarily dry and arid, it showcases differences in climate and geography, emblematic of the state of Chihuahua as a whole. While the idea of it may resemble a typical desert, it is perhaps one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world, boasting 3,000 plant species – including more than 500 of the world’s 1,500 species of cactus, and harbouring more than 110 native freshwater fish species, nesting sites and migratory habitats for more than 500 bird species, and North Americas largest colony of prairie dogs. However, the whole region is degraded and threatened by various threats, particularly climate change. This is a magnificent region in need of protection, support, and an overall combatting of climate change. 

Renewable technologies such as solar power require no water for electricity production, in contrast to water-intensive fossil fuel generation. This is a huge advantage in the search for sustainability in the dry Chihuahuan desert, where water is a scarce commodity typically reserved for agriculture and the ranching industry. Suffering the consequences of climate change, vast tracts of land in the state of Chihuahua have been left barren and unusable. However, coupled with the extremely high potential for solar irradiance of the region, the land and Los Santos Solar I powerplant come together to deliver clean and permanent energy to Mexico, while curbing the disastrous effects of climate change.