404 MW Mexican PV Plant Complete

Acciona Energia Completes Assembling 404.57 MW Puerto Libertad Solar PV Plant In Mexico With Commissioning Scheduled In Q1/2019
05:47 AM (Beijing Time) - 13. January 2019
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Acciona's Puerto Libertad solar PV project with 404.57 MW capacity is now complete. It is the Spanish company’s first solar power plant in Mexico and its largest renewable project undertaken anywhere. (Photo Credit: Acciona Energia)

Key Takeaways

  • Acciona Energia has completed assembling the 404.57 MW solar PV project in Mexico’s Sonora desert
  • For this $349 million project, Acciona used 1,222,800 polycrystalline modules and installed more than 356.02 MW modules within 2 months
  • The plant is expected to come online in Q1/2019 and on assuming complete commercial operations, it will generate about 963 GWh of clean energy annually

Acciona Energia has completed assembling the 404.57 MW Puerto Libertad PV power plant in Mexico’s Sonora desert. As per schedule, it is expected to come online in the first quarter of 2019. The $349 million project is important for Acciona since it is the first PV project for the Spanish company in Mexico and also its biggest renewables project so far.

Located in Puerto Libertad municipality near the coast of the Gulf of California, it is expected to produce about 963 GWh of clean energy annually. Acciona has used 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon solar panels for this project installed on 1,496 horizontal tracking structures. To exhibit the speed of panel deployment, Acciona installed more than a million modules with 356 MW capacity in 2 months; this includes a breath-taking 43,080 modules with 14.29 MW capacity that was installed on a single day on December 18, 2018.

The Spanish company broke ground on the 404 MW project in February 2018. It is contracted to sell some part of the power generated by this plant to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), a major Mexican industrial group, as well as on the wholesale electricity market (see Acciona Builds 404 MW PV Plant In Mexico).

Counting in this project, Acciona says it has 1,144 MW of total renewable energy capacity in Mexico making the country the second most importantworldwide for the company in terms of owned capacity, after its home market Spain. The net figure for Acciona’s capacity in Mexico is 942 MW. Once its PV plants in Egypt and Ukraine are constructed, the company will have more than 1 GW of total PV capacity in 2019 (see Acciona Invests In 57 MW Ukrainian PV Portfolio).

Anu Bhambhani

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