In March 2014, Governor Patrick led an innovation mission to Panama and Mexico. The mission focused on bringing together leaders in government and business to strengthening existing relationships and building new ones with the emerging innovation economies of Panama City and Mexico City.
During the mission, Governor Patrick joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc. and international water innovation leader Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, who signed an agreement to bring advanced, cost-effective water solutions to Mexico and countries worldwide. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to join the commercial, technical, and execution strengths of Veolia, with the leadership in water technologies, such as high-efficiency reverse osmosis water treatment and wastewater reuse, of Boston-based Desalitech. The partnership aims to lower the amount of water lost and energy needed to treat water and wastewater. Massachusetts is home to nearly 300 water industry companies, organizations, and institutions from a variety of sectors, including research and education; innovation and entrepreneurship; and engineering.
Governor Patrick also joined representatives from three Massachusetts companies, The Vertex Companies, Inc., Panel Claw and Solectria, and two Mexican partners, Constructora e Inmobiliaria Zacatecana and Grupos Domos, to announce ZacSol, a 30-megawatt solar electric project that will be among the largest of its kind in Latin America. The VERTEX Companies, Inc., of Weymouth, is leading the environmental permitting and construction management of the project, while North Andover-based Panel Claw is slated to supply the ground-mounting system and Lawrence-based Solectria Renewables the solar inverters. The Mexican partners for the project include Constructora e Inmobiliaria Zacatecana and Grupos Domos. After the final approval for the project, the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico will purchase the electricity generated by the system, which will be one of the 10 largest in Latin America.