Clean energy consumption is advancing by leaps and bounds in Mexico.
For residential solar panels alone, Merida and Mexico City leading a 350 percent growth rate between 2017 and 2018, said Juan José Aguayo Puuc of Energía Solar del Sureste, a private company.
Falling prices, helping clients recoup their investments within three years, have helped the industry grow, he said. Equipment that a few years ago cost 6,000 pesos is now half that, he added. Installation fees have dropped up to 30 percent.
“It has seen exponential growth in the last three years, and each year is surpassing the previous one,” said Aguayo Puuc. In 2017 solar panels generated 273.45 gigawatts of electricity; in 2018, that grew to nearly 1.4 million gigawatts.
He warned that homeowners use caution with hiring solar-energy contractors. They should be certified and experienced. And beware of unrealistic claims.
“There are people who can sell the idea that with two solar panels you can save up to 10,000 pesos in energy consumption; that is completely false.” said Aguayo Puuc. A company should have a physical office and carry an installation certificate granted by FIDE, he added.
So far in 2019, about 14 consumer complaints were filed accusing their solar installer of fraud, he said.