Mexico’s largest rooftop solar system is up and running

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If learning about new record-breaking solar systems is music to your ears, then turn this up. Mexico’s largest rooftop solar system was recently commissioned and is producing power for Plamex, a subsidiary of audio-headset manufacturer Plantronics. It’s not only Mexico’s largest, it’s the second-largest system in all of Latin America. The sweet chorus of solar is singing loud and clear!

Homegrown power
The right side of the massive Plamex system, with the mountains in the background.

The right side of the massive Plamex system, with the mountains in the background.

The 1.16 MW system covers the metal-seam roof of the Tijuana factory, producing 70 percent of the plant’s electrical demands. The proudly all-North American system is made of 4,284 SolarWorld panels, SolarWorld’s Sunfix Plus racking system and four Sunny Central 250-US central inverters.

Plamex hired long-time partner and system integrator 3Tek Solar of Tijuana to design and install the system, which is expected to produce more than 1.9 gigawatt hours of renewable energy each year. The system will also offset approximately one million pounds of carbon dioxide with each year of operation.

The system's long left side turning abundant sunlight into power.

The system’s long left side turning abundant sunlight into power.

Committed to tomorrow

SolarWorld and Plantronics have longstanding business relationships within the Latin American market, where solar is increasingly an affordable and practical way for businesses to manage their electricity expenses. The rise in solar’s popularity has also driven business leaders to engage in business practices that place high value in environmental sustainability.

“SolarWorld has ties to this region dating back more than 30 years,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld. “Solar’s popularity is growing rapidly here and we’re excited to be part of that growth. We’re committed to producing state-of-the-art systems for Latin America and reinforcing that renewable energy and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand.”

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