Intersolar Summit Mexico: Industry experts expect a positive development of the Mexican photovoltaic market in the near future

(PresseBox) (Pforzheim / Mexico City, Mexico, ) Participants of the well visited Intersolar Summit in Mexico City, which took place on May 15th 2014, were very optimistic about the future of the Mexican solar market. With an economic situation that has improved over the last years, invited experts - representing public authorities as well as domestic and international solar industry - expect significant market growth of the photovoltaic (PV) market in the near-term. All delegates were in complete agreement that Mexico shows excellent preconditions for applying solar technologies economically.

According to the experts, who discussed the potential and future scenarios of the Mexican PV market at the recent Intersolar Summit in Mexico City, the country offers ideal preconditions for investors and solar companies, due to its beneficial legal framework, high domestic energy demand and abundant solar insulation. Marco V. Calderón Agoitia, Head of Energy and Strategic Development at Cosmo Consulting Mexico, predicted massive potential in Mexico's residential segment. There are approx. 530,000 private households, which could benefit from installing a solar system.

Another incentive presents a special regulation of the Mexican electricity market. It is the fact that electricity rates for Mexican households are only fixed to a certain amount of their energy consumption. If households consume more than this fixed amount within in a period of six months the electricity rates increase drastically. A PV system, which is also designed for self-consumption, could enable Mexican households to secure their electricity rates. Experts estimate a market volume of five billion US-Dollars resulting from these incentives.

Public authorities also appear to pave the way for more in investments in the country's PV market. The national government aims at a cumulated installed PV capacity of 627 MW in 2018 as part of its support scheme for renewable energies. At the end of 2013, an installed PV capacity of 100 MW could be observed in comparison. At the summit, Efraín Villanueva Arcos, Director of Sustainability at the Secretary of Energy of Mexico (SENER), highlighted the opportunities for private investments resulting from the latest changes in the legal framework. With it, it will be possible to directly market energy to end customers in the future.

Against this background, the one-day event addressed possible financing concepts for companies and investors. During the panel discussion, experts discussed specific financing opportunities in Mexico and shared their views on opportunities and challenges, such as access to capital. Experts of financial institutions, like Banco Santander and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), mentioned the importance of Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA), which project developers can rely on when planning PV projects economically. Moreover, panelists emphasized the importance of standardized financing concepts in order to minimize transaction costs.

Information on the Intersolar Summits

The "Intersolar Summit Mexico" was supported by the Premium-Sponsor SCHMID Group and AHK Mexico (CAMEXA), ANES, CEMAER, CONUEE, ICLEI, ProMexico, the network initiative Joint Forces for Solar and Green City Freiburg. Media partners were altenergymag.com, ENF, ERA SOLAR, die PV Magazine Group, Renewable Energy World, Solar Builder and Solar Power World.

For questions about the Intersolar Summit and for more information on the events, please contact Daniel Fuchs, Senior Marketing Manager: fuchs@intersolar-summit.com | +49 228 971 43 45.

More information about the Intersolar Summits from Solar Promotion International, FMMI - Freiburg Management and Marketing International as well as EuPD Research can be found on the website www.intersolar-summit.com.

About Intersolar

With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.

Intersolar is inspired by the guiding principle: Connecting Solar Business.

The exhibition and conference series focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

With more than 20 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world's most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo. Starting in 2014, these global events will be complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which will take place in emerging and growing markets worldwide.

For more information on Intersolar, please visit: www.intersolarglobal.com

Organizers: Intersolar Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM). The exhibitions in North America, India, China and South America are organized by the international subsidiaries Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI).

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