North West Zone – Issue 62

++solar++ Solar park being built in Sonora

Mexico City.- Energy Group will install a solar park at Puerto Libertad, Sonora, with potential to generate 1,700,000 kW/hour in the first stage, energy that they will sell to the state-run company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The plant is currently under construction and is expected to be ready next summer.

The Chinese company Yingli will supply photovoltaic cells; while engineering, some of the hardware and interconnection management will be provided by ABB, “since it has a lot of experience dealing with CFE”, Fidelmar Molina, Solar Business Development Manger, said.

The plant will have 48 megawatts capacity and the approximate investment will be between US$2.5 and US$3 per installed watt.

“The generation process consists on photocells transforming sunrays into electric power, to be later converted into alternating current through inverters and subsequently join the network via Puerto Libertad substation in Sonora”, Molina explained.

Sonora has a potential of 6.5 kw per square meter, and Molina considers that in the next two years around 10 projects more will emerge in northern Mexico to generate power from the sun.