Acciona Energia has begun construction on the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic complex, which is being developed in a joint venture with Tuto Energy in the Mexican state of Sonora.
Acciona will carry out the turnkey construction of the plant in the EPC mode and also undertake its operation and maintenance for two years. Later, a joint venture set up by the two partners will take up this function.
The PV plant, with 404MW peak power (MWp) – 317.5MW rated capacity, will have one of the highest capacities in Mexico and Latin America.
Puerto Libertad will cover almost 10km2 in the municipality of the same name near the Mar de Cortes coast in the Gulf of Baja California, around 200km north-west of Sonora capital Hermosillo.
The facility will feature 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracker systems.
With a total solar capture area of 2.4km2, Puerto Libertad will produce around 963GW-hours (GWh) of power per year, sufficient to meet the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes.
Upon completion, the photovoltaic complex is touted to be the biggest renewables project taken up by Acciona Energia globally.
Part of this capacity will be utilised to send power to the grid in late 2018. The entire plant will be operational in early 2019.
Of the total capacity, 229MWp (180MW nominal) will be used to supply energy to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) following the award made in September 2016.
Another 114MWp (90MW nominal) will come under a private energy purchase and sale contract between the project consortium and Tuto Energy Trading, which will used by the installations of an industrial group in Mexico.
The energy produced by the remaining 61MWp (47.5MW nominal) will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.
Acciona Energia Mexico director Miguel Angel Alonso said: “We are very pleased to announce the start of construction work on this great renewable energy project, one that is emblematic for Acciona and Mexico.
“It points towards an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable power system, jointly undertaken with a prestigious partner, Tuto Energy.”
Biofields and Tuto Energy CEO Roberto Giesemann said: “The materialisation of this investment strengthens the group’s strategy to consolidate itself as a key player in sustainable activities in Mexico that create economic, social and environmental value.”