Enel was awarded around 1 GW in Mexico’s first long term public tender in 2016, of which it now hast started building a 754 MW facility. The Italian company is also very successful in another latin American market, Chile, where it built the Diego de Almagro solar power plant. (Photo Credit: Enel)
- Enel’s Mexican subsidiary has started construction work on 754 MW solar power plant in Mexico
- The Villanueva PV plant is the largest PV facility under construction in the Americas and comprises two plants of 427 MW and 327 MW capacity
- Project is expected to be commissioned by second half of 2018
- Enel will be investing $650 million from its own resources
- The PV project is expected to generate over 1,700 GWh annually once operational
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Italy’s Enel Group has announced that its Mexican subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM) has broken ground for a 754 MW PV project in Mexico. The Villanueva solar project located in Viesca, Coahuila State is the largest PV facility under construction in the Americas. It is also the Enel’s largest solar project worldwide.
The PV project will be developed for around $650 million, which will be financed through the group’s own resources.
This park is owned by EGPM subsidiaries Villanueva Solar SA de CV and Parque Solar Villanueva Tres SA de CV. It comprises the 427 MW Villanueva I and 327 MW Villanueva 3 parks, being built at the same time.
The entire capacity is likely to be commissioned by H2/2018 and expected to generate approximately more than 1,700 GWh annually.
Enel was awarded around 1 GW capacity in Mexico’s first long term public tender in 2016. Along with Villanueva I and Villanueva 3, it also signed 15 year energy supply contract for the 238 MW Don Jose PV project. Enel was awarded more capacity than any other player taking part in the tender (see Solar Wins Big).
“We continue to make excellent progress against our strategy in this high-potential market,” said Paolo Romanacci, head of Renewable Energies for Central America. Adding, “Mexico is a key country for Enel and we look forward to contributing further to the country’s growing electricity sector with the clean energy generated by Villanueva and the 530 MW of solar and wind projects we have under execution.”