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Acciona and Tuto Energy start construction of 404MW solar plant in Mexico

CTBR Staff Writer Published 07 February 2018

Spanish renewable energy company Acciona and Tuto Energy have started construction of 404MW solar plant in the Mexican state of Sonora.

The Puerto Libertad solar plant will produce about 963GWh of clean energy per year, which will be enough to power about 583,000 Mexican homes.

The two companies have formed a joint venture with equal stake for the solar project.

While part of the solar plant is expected to be operational in this year’s last trimester, the whole plant will be operational by early next year.

Of the total capacity, 229MW will be supplied to Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), following the award that was made in a auction in September 2016.

About 114MW will be sold under private energy purchase and sale contract between the consortium that owns the project and Tuto Energy Trading.  

The remaining 61MW will be sold in the wholesale electricity market after the extension of the scope of the project.

Acciona Energía México 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.”

The Puerto Libertad solar plant will be spread over an area of about 10km2 and will include about 1,222,800 photovoltaic panels., in a municipality near the Mar de Cortés coast in the Gulf of Baja California. The project's location is about 200km north-west of Hermosillo, capital of the State of Sonora.

Acciona will be responsible for the turnkey construction of the plant and will also provide operation and maintenance for two years.

During the peak construction phase of the project, it is expected to create about 900 jobs, while the operational phase will create about 38 jobs.

Image: The solar project in Mexico, which will create upto 900 jobs during peak construction period. Photo: Courtesy of RK008/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.