Chihuahua, Mexico, isn’t precisely a border town – it’s 150 empty miles down the Carretera Federal 16 from the Rio Grande and Presidio, Texas. But it’s close enough for the North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) to support a $900,000 project that will bring a 250-kilowatt solar power system to the city’s children’s hospital.
The NADB is a lending institution created through the North American Free Trade agreement to address environmental issues in the U.S.-Mexico border region, and the bi-national BECC works closely with the bank, focusing on technical, environmental and social aspects of project development.
The NADB is backing the solar power project with $300,000, gratis, for design, development, training, oversight, planning and other services, while the BECC is throwing in a $50,000 grant. That will cover the cost for SunEdison Spain Construction to install the array.
Meanwhile, Suntech Power Holdings has agreed to donate the solar panels for the project, and Schneider Electric is providing the inverters. In addition to bringing renewable power to the hospital, the project will serve as a teaching and research tool for the Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua, the NADB said.