Italian renewable energy company Enel Green Power (EGP) has broken ground on the Magdalena II, a 220MW solar park, in the municipalities of Tlaxco and Hueyotlipan, in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala.
The solar power plant project involves an investment of $165m (€144.51m).
Tlaxcala Governor Marco Antonio Mena Rodríguez, Tlaxco and Hueyotlipan Mayors Gardenia Hernández Rodríguezand Mauro León Garfias, and EGP area manager in Mexico and Central America Paolo Romanacci participated in the programme.
Comprising approximately 550,000 photovoltaic modules, the first renewable EGP plant in the Tlaxcala is expected to begin operations by the end of 2019.
Once fully operational, the plant will be able to generate 600GWhper year, avoiding the emission of nearly 300,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The construction of Magdalena II will be based on Enel’s Sustainable Construction Site model, which incorporates the rational use of resources, such as water-saving systems and recycling processes.
The company will also deploy several innovative construction practices and tools on site, including smart tracking of components, advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities, including plant commissioning.
The tools and solutions will ensure quicker, more accurate and reliable data collection on site activities, improve the overall quality of construction and facilitate communication between on-site and off-site teams.
EGP Mexico and Central America head Paolo Romanacci said: “This new project is yet another step in our expansion within the important Mexican market, where we are continuing to bring our global renewable expertise.
“The company’s entry into the State of Tlaxcala, which boasts an abundance of solar resources, confirms our commitment to help Mexico meet its electricity needs by boosting the country’s renewable energy mix.”
In Mexico, EGP manages 1,816MW, of which 675MW comes from wind energy, around 1,089MW from solar and 53MW from hydropower.
In the state of Coahuila, EGP is constructing the 200MW Amistadwind farm and has begun work on the 100MW Amistad IIwind facility. In the state of Tamaulipas, the company is constructing the 103MW Salitrilloswind farm.
Image: EGP breaks ground on 220MW Magdalena II solar plant in Mexico. Photo: Courtesy of Enel Spa.