Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM) has started construction on Don José solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Located in San Luis de la Paz, the $220M solar plant will have an installed capacity of 238MW.
Upon completion, the facility will have a capacity to generate 539GWh per year — enough to meet the energy needs of nearly 410,000 Mexican households. It will also help reduce more than 245,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
The project will be supported by a contract providing for the sale to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad in Spanish or CFE) of both specified volumes of energy over a 15-year period and the related clean certificates over a 20-year period.
Enel’s head of renewable energies for Central America, Paolo Romanacci, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for our presence in Mexico, as Don José is the final project to begin construction from the 1 GW of capacity awarded to Enel in the country’s first long-term public tender following its energy reforms.
“This milestone further strengthens our leadership in the Mexican renewable energy sector, while confirming our commitment and ability to successfully contribute to the country’s growth in a sustainable and innovative way.”
The plant is expected to begin commercial operations in 2018.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.