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Mexico City food market ready to harness power of the sun

A large fruit and vegetable market in Mexico's capital wants to spark a greener future as the world's biggest urban solar farm. Thousands of photovoltaic panels are ready to be installed this year on the seemingly endless roofs of its buildings. The $19.9 million roof-top solar project will cover a chaotic wholesale market that serves half a million customers daily, extending over a land equivalent to about 400 football fields.

Once online later this year, the Central de Abasto market's roofs will power some 18 megawatts of generating capacity, which would be enough to supply around 14,000 homes. The project marks a rare green initiative during the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has mostly sought to prioritize fossil fuel production and power generation via two state-run energy giants - national oil company Pemex and electricity utility CFE.


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