Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM), the renewable energy subsidiary of the Enel Group, has begun construction on the 244MW Dolores wind farm in the municipality of China, the company’s first project in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico.
The $280m wind farm is scheduled to begin operations in the first half of 2020. Once fully operational, the wind farm will generate 850GWh per year, avoiding annual emission of around 470,000 tonnes of CO2.
Construction will be based on the company’s ‘Sustainable Construction Site’ model, which includes the measuring of the project’s socio-environmental impact and actions aimed at incorporating the rational use of resources, such as through water management, as well as a waste recycling project repurposing the site’s wooden pallets to produce furniture and shipping containers to be used by the local community.
Enel Green Powerglobal renewable energy business line head Antonio Cammisecra said: “With the start of construction of the Dolores wind farm, we are continuing to expand our presence in the country, entering for the very first time into the state of Nuevo León.
“Dolores further strengthens our strategy in the country to address growing electricity demand and sustainable development in an impactful way by developing clean technologies in a key state which boasts outstanding wind resources.”
The Dolores project is supported by a contract for the sale to the Mexican Centre for Energy Control’sCámara de Compensación of specified volumes of energy over a 15-year period and of the related clean certificates over a 20-year period.
Cámara de Compensación is the body in charge of managing Power Purchase Agreements from the third long-term auction between sellers and public/private buyers.
The Dolores facility is one of the four wind plants awarded to the Enel Group for a total capacity of 593MW in the third long-term auction after the country’s Energy Reform.
In addition, the group has also been awarded the Amistad II and Amistad III projects, with an installed capacity of 100MW each, and Amistad IV, with an installed capacity of 149MW, all located in Acuña, Coahuila.
Image: Enel begins construction on 244MW wind farm in Mexico. Photo: Courtesy of Anna Jiménez Calaf on Unsplash.