Acciona Builds 404 MW PV Plant In Mexico

Acciona Energy Breaks Ground On 404 MW Puerto Libertad Photovoltaic Complex In Sonora, Mexico; Project Commissioning Scheduled For Early 201
05:51 AM (Beijing Time) - 12. February 2018
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The 404 MW PV project Acciona is building in Mexico will be located in the municipality of Puerto Libertad near the Mar de Cortes coast in the Gulf of Baja California, in the state of Sonora. It will be set up with 1,222,800 solar panels, stretch over nearly 10 km2 and marks Acciona's entry into the Mexican solar market. (Source: Acciona Energy)

Key Takeaways

  • Acciona Energy and Tuto Energy start construction of 404 MW solar power complex in Sonora, Mexico
  • PuertoLibertad Photovoltaic Complex will sell energy generated from 229 MW capacity to CFE, 114 MW to a major Mexican industrial group, and another 61 MW on the wholesale electricity market
  • Project is scheduled to be commissioned in two phases, with the first phase to be commissioned by the end of 2018; entire project will be commissioned in early 2019
  • It is the biggest renewable energy project for Acciona globally and also marks its entry into the Mexican solar market

Renewable energy company Acciona Energy of Spain has commenced construction of a 404 MW solar power complex along with Mexico’s Tuto Energy. In the first phase, some part of the Puerto Libertad Photovoltaic Complex is likely to come online in the last quarter of 2018. The entire project is scheduled to become operational in early 2019.

Once operational, Puerto Libertad project will be spread in an area of close to 10 km in the municipality of Puerto Libertad near the Mar de Cortes coast in the Gulf of Baja California, in the state of Sonora.

A total of 1,222,800 solar panels will be used to set up the 404 MW project. The capacity was awarded during the second long-term energy auction held in September 2016. Out of the cumulative 404 MW, 229 MW will be sold to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

Another 114 MW comes under a private energy purchase and sale contract between the consortium that owns the project and Tuto Energy Trading and will supply a major Mexican industrial group.

The power of the other 61 MW will be sold on the wholesale electricity market, following the expansion of the project in February 2017 by 50%.

Acciona is providing EPC services for the project. It is the first PV project for Acciona in Mexico, where it is already present in the wind power sector. It is also the biggest renewables project ever undertaken by Acciona in the world.

Anu Bhambhani

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