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Mexico’s President Promises To Build Solar Energy Project In Sonora

Mexico’s president says he’s moving forward with plans to build a state-owned solar energy facility in northern Mexico.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he wants to take advantage of the energy potential in sun soaked Sonora with a state-owned solar park — an ambitious project for a government that has so far made little investment in solar and wind energy. AMLO has also put up barriers to private sector renewable projects.

He said the federally funded project would be tied to Mexico's federal electricity network, with the aim of providing more reliable, affordable energy. He added that it could allow the government to cut back on federal subsidies that help cover skyrocketing summer energy costs.

He promised to build the solar facility during his 2018 presidential campaign. Now, Sonora’s new Gov.-elect Alfonso Durazo will help bring the project to fruition, he said.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.