EDF wins 90 MW solar project in Mexico's second auction

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Excitement is swirling around the Mexican renewable energy market at the moment, and everybody wants in on the act. The most recent company to outline its triumphant bid during Mexico’s second energy auction is EDF EN Mexico, which was awarded a total of 342 MW of clean energy projects.

The Mexican subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group was awarded two projects in total, by Mexico’s state utility the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). The larger of the two is the Gunaa Sicarú wind plant, but there was still room for an impressive 90 MW utility-scale PV plant in Guaymas, Sonora.

The Bluemex Power Solar Project will be built over 400 hectares in the northwestern state, and will be utilizing top-of-the-range bifacial solar PV modules, which are able to generate electricity using both sides of the panel.

“We are pleased to take this important step in our expansion plan for the Mexican renewable energy market and to be an active player in the framework of Mexico’s Energy Reform,” said EDF EN Mexico VP and Country Manager Gerado Pérez Guerra. “The diligent work of the EDF EN North American team had allowed the EDF Energies Nouvelles Group to achieve continued success in this increasingly competitive market.”

A successful auction for Solar

A total of 4.8 terawatt hours per year were handed out to solar during the second auction, making up more than half of the tender’s total quota assigned to renewable energy sources. Some of the big solar winners were Acciona, X-Elio Energy, OPDE, Ienova, and Grenergy.

The largest solar PV plant that won throughout the process is a huge 227 MW project in Sonora, being developed by a consortium of Spanish company Acciona alongside Mexican company Tuto Energy. The average price for projects within the clean energy category of the auction was USD 33.47 per MWh.