Mexico’s Secretary of Energy announced a solar project of Italian energy group Enel SpA located at the Northern state of Coahuila has started commercial operations, becoming the first winning project from the country's initial long-term power auction to provide power to the national wholesale electricity market.
The Villanueva 3 solar park of Enel Green Power Mexico began operations on December 18, nine months ahead of scheduled start-up date, said the Mexican government in a statement. The facility, which will gradually reach a capacity of 250 MW, delivered average generation of 4.18 MW/h with a peak of 11.74 MW/h on its first day of operations.
Mexico's first long-term auction was launched in November 2015 and the results were announced in March 2016. Last month, the country completed its third auction, where solar and wind projects secured contracts at an average price of only US$ 20.57 (EUR 17.4) per MWh.