Yansa’s work in Ixtepec can be more easily understood when viewed in context of the overall renewable energy landscape in Mexico. According to a report published by the Secretary of Energy in 2011, the percentage of renewable energy sources remained fairly steady from 2000 to 2009, accounting for approximately 7.3% of the country’s overall energy production and only changing marginally by 0.1% over the nine years. When broken down by sector in 2010, the majority of renewable energy was obtained through geothermal sources, representing 41% of the yearly renewable energy output. Wind, biomass and small hydroelectric production followed, accounting for 21%, 19% and 18% respectively, with biogas sources supplying the remaining 1%.

Graph courtesy of SENER.