Acciona & Tuto sign PPA to expand Mexico PV plant to 339 MW

Spanish company Acciona has announced the signing of the first private PPA under new Mexican legislation for a 112 MW block of the Puerto Libertad PV Plant, which will have a combined capacity of 339 MW.

Acciona say that the consortium that owns project –equally shared by Acciona Energy and Tuto Energy –, has closed the contract and that electricity generated will be supplied to an industrial group.

The project was also awarded a 227 MW block in the second clean energy tender last September.

According to Acciona, construction on the project in Sonora, northern Mexico, is expected to begin in late 2017, with the project set to be commercially operational in the first half of 2019.

The combined 339 MW capacity will make Puerto Libertad one of the largest solar projects in Latin America. At Mexico’s first clean energy auction in March last year, Enel Green Power was awarded a larger project, the 427 MW Villanueva 1 power plant.

Last year, Acciona launched the largest solar power plant in Latin America to date, the 246 MW El Romero power plant located in Chile. Also in the middle of last year, Enel Green Power announced the start of construction on the 292 MW Nova Olinda power plant in Piauí, Brazil.