The Puerto Libertad photovoltaic plant in the State of Sonora, Mexico, will see its capacity increased by 50% to 339 MWp (270 MW rated capacity) following the signature of a private purchase agreement between Acciona Energia and Tuto Energy. Both companies are involved in the joint venture that owns the project.
The final destination of the energy, representing 112 MWp (90 MW rated capacity), will be the facilities of a “major Mexican industrial group”, said both companies in a joint press release.
The first phase of the project – for 227 MWp (180 MW rated capacity) – has already been allocated to the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) following the award made in the second energy auction held in September 2016
The recently-signed contract – the first private one under the new Law on the Electric Power Sector in Mexico– completes the photovoltaic plant, on which construction will begin in the last trimester of 2017, with its entry into service planned for the first semester of 2019.
Overall, the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic plant will produce electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 489,000 Mexican homes and avoid the emission of over 776,000 metric tons of CO2 from coal-fired power stations, creating a cleaning effect on the atmosphere equivalent to 39 million trees through the process of photosynthesis.
Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the plant in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) modality. The company has a long track record as a developer, constructor and operator of large photovoltaic plants in several countries: Chile, South Africa, Portugal, Australia and Spain.
Through the Puerto Libertad project, Acciona makes its entry into the photovoltaic sector in Mexico, where it already operates in the wind power sector with 858 MW installed for itself or for third parties, equivalent to 22% of the country’s operational capacity at the end of 2016.
The company will soon start construction work on a new 168 MW wind farm (also under its ownership) in Tamaulipas, the result of an award in the first long-term electric power supply action under the energy reform in Mexico.