Spanish power provider Iberdrola has begun construction on a 100 MW solar facility in the Mexican state of Sonora. The announcement was made by the local government, which said that State Governor Claudia Pavlovich met with representatives of the company this week to discuss details of the $135 million project.
The plant, located in the municipality of Hermosillo, will be the first renewable energy power station to sell power to private clients on the Mexican wholesale market, which was created with the country’s recent energy reform.
The regional government of Sonora also reported that modules at the plant will start to be installed from August and that the project’s completion is scheduled for 2018.
Iberdrola announced this and another 157 MW solar project in San Luis de Potosí in October. Both plants are expected to sell electricity to local industrial businesses.
In the past months, several PV projects aimed at providing power to local industry were announced. Spanish company Acciona recently said that a 112 MW unit of a 339 MW solar project it is developing in Mexico will sell electricity to an industrial client, while in late March the Mexican gas and power provider Ienova, a unit of U.S. natural gas utilities holding company Sempra Energy, announced it has signed a 20-year PPA for a 110 MW PV project with local steel manufacturer Deacero.