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“Revolutionary Solar Panel Project Bringing Electricity to Rural Communities by 2024”

By the end of 2024, 16 rural communities across five municipalities, as well as several irregular settlements in Chetumal, Cancún, and Bacalar, will have access to electricity via standalone photovoltaic systems. As part of the National Public Tender number SDB-DA-LPN8-2024, the State Government, through the Ministry of Welfare (Sebien), plans to install 716 solar panels in various human settlements. These include the municipalities of Solidaridad, Othón P. Blanco, Benito Juárez, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Puerto Morelos, Bacalar, and Lázaro Cárdenas.

In Solidaridad, 184 photovoltaic systems will be installed, 166 in Othón P. Blanco, 110 in Benito Juárez, 102 in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, 72 in Puerto Morelos, 46 in Bacalar, and 36 in Lázaro Cárdenas.

The towns in Solidaridad set to receive the photovoltaic systems include Nuevo Noh Bec, Jacinto Canek, Monte Sinaí, and El Sauce. In Othón P. Blanco, the systems will be installed in the towns of Sacxán and Hermanos Flores Magón, as well as in the settlements of Mártires Antorchistas, Fraternidad Antorchista and La Esperanza, in Chetumal. In Benito Juárez, the systems will be placed in the El Porvenir and La Chiapaneca neighborhoods of Cancún.

In Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the towns of José María Pino Suárez, Cecilio Chí (Kilometer 64), Xhazil Primero, Sahcabchen, Tihosuco, Tepich, San José Primero, and Nohkancab will be equipped with the systems. In Puerto Morelos, the community of Leona Vicario will receive the systems; in Bacalar, the Antorcha Bacalar settlement; and in Lázaro Cárdenas, the town of Constituyentes del 74.

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According to the event calendar of the National Public Tender, the decision and contract signing process took place on June 3rd and 4th of this year. However, the Ministry of Welfare (Sebien) of Quintana Roo has yet to publish the relevant documents.