Italy-based multinational energy company Enel, through its Mexican renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power México (EGPM), has begun construction of Don Jose solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country’s North-Central state of Guanajuato.
“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for our presence in Mexico, as Don Jose 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,” said Paolo Romanacci Enel’s Head of Renewable Energies for Mexico and Central America.
Don Jose will have an installed capacity of 238 MW1 and once completed will be able to produce 539 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual energy consumption needs of around 410,000 Mexican households, while avoiding the emission of over 245,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Enel will be investing approximately US$ 220 million in the construction of Don Jose, which is expected to enter into operation in 2018.
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 was awarded Don Jose in the long-term public tender held in Mexico last year, in which the company won the most capacity of any other participating player.
More power on the way
Enel, through EGPM, is the largest renewable energy operator in Mexico in terms of installed capacity. EGPM currently operates 728 MW, of which 675 MW come from wind and 53 MW from hydroelectric power. The company recently started construction of the 754 MW1 Villanueva solar project, which is the largest PV facility under construction in the Americas and Enel’s largest solar project worldwide, and the 200 MW Amistad wind farm, both located in the state of Coahuila. EGPM will also build the 93 MW Salitrillos wind project in the state of Tamaulipas.