Solar Thermal and PV in Latin America – an Emerging Market

The smarter E Podcast Episode 102 | July 28, 2022 | Language: English

Throughout the country, solar irradiation is optimal for a wide range of solar technologies. With an annual average of 5.5 kWh/m2 per day, Mexico is a market with a high potential for different types of photovoltaic and solar thermal applications. Both industries have developed and diversified in the last decades. 85% of the territory is optimal for solar projects. The potential is huge but the policy framework rather hinders a massive and faster deployment for solar. What are the odds for Mexico to become the next solar superpower? We talk about this and more with Nelson Delgado, General Director of ASOLMEX & Marisol Oropeza, Founder of Heat Changers.


  • 2.51: What are the main characteristics of the solar power & solar thermal markets in Mexico?
  • 6.44: How is the solar thermal industry in Mexico dealing with the lack of visibility?
  • 11.46: Large-scale PV: Whats the problem there? Willingness? Uncertainty?
  • 22.25: What are the odds for Mexico to be able to fully exploit its huge solar resources?

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About Marisol Oropeza, Heat Changers:

Born in Mexico and based in Germany since 2004, Marisol's academic and professional background are international and multidisciplinary. She has worked in the public, non-profit and private sector in Mexico and Germany, and has over 14 years of experience in the solar heating and cooling market. Her core competencies are in strategic marketing, business development and project management. Since 2016, she works as independent business and marketing consultant specialized in the solar market. She has advised important European companies and organizations and leads international projects from the solar market.

About Nelson Delgado, General Director of ASOLMEX:

Power sector specialist with significant experience in the Wholesale Electricity Market implementation and modelling of the National Power System (Mexico). In April 2021, Nelson was appointed as Managing Director of Mexican Association of Solar Energy (ASOLMEX). He participated in the formulation of the National Electric System Development Program (PRODESEN) 2016-2030, 2017-2031 and 2018-2032, led the first bidding process by the Ministry of Energy (SENER) for private investment in transmission lines and the establishment of the requirements for acquisition of Clean Energy Certificates (CEL) 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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