Spanish manufacturer Jema Energy will deliver inverters for a 350 MW self-consumption solar project in Northern Mexico and will open an inverter factory in the state of Queretaro, in Central Mexico.
The company will deliver the inverters for two solar parks, a 151 MW installation in the state of Sonora and a 199 MW installation the state of Chihuahua. Both solar parks will provide electricity for industrial companies with high energy consumption.
The projects could become Mexico’s largest solar parks and among the largest solar installations under a self-consumption scheme worldwide. Currently, the largest solar installation in the country has a total capacity of 39 MW. Construction of the project is to begin in May 2015, with the start of operations and first delivery of electricity expected in June next year.
Jema will deliver its IFX 1050 central inverters with 1,050 kW capacity for the project.
Jema did not say who was building the PV installations. In November, Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commision approved two 350 MW projects in the north of the country, both of which will provide electricity mainly to the steel industry.
Inverter factory in Central Mexico
The manufacturer also expects to open an inverter factory in Queretaro next year. The facility will manufacture devices with different capacities. The company targets both small installations and large-scale projects.
Mexico’s market for self-consumption solar installations is growing. The country has a net metering scheme for installations up to 500 kW and a self-consumption scheme for larger projects. In addition, a large number of solar parks under the small producer scheme are also planned in the country.