Mexico: government of Jalisco commissions 8 MW merchant solar plant


The government of the Mexican state of Jalisco has inaugurated an 8 MW merchant PV plant in Zacoalco de Torres, close to the logistic center of Jalisco, the state's capital. The $14 million plant, which will sell power to the facility, is one the first merchant PV projects developed after the energy reform was introduced in Mexico.

The Jalisco 1 solar plant was built by Mexican developer Fortius Electromecánica, while modules for the project were provided by the Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar.

The secretary of the local economy department (Sedeco), José Palacios, said that there are currently three similar industrial renewable energy projects under development in the state. The 8 MW project in Zacoalco de Torres, on the other hand, is expected to by expanded by another 8 MW at an unspecified later stage.

Mexico’s recent energy reform has introduced the obligation for utilities and industrial power consumers to buy power from renewable energy sources. This scheme will be applied starting from 2018.

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In the past months, several merchant PV projects were announced across Mexico. Within this context, last October Spain’s Iberdrola announced that it had obtained permits for two solar projects of 275 MW. The company expects both installations to be operational by the end of 2018.

Last February, Spanish company Acciona announced a bilateral PPA for a 112 MW extension of the Puerto Libertad solar project in Sonora that will deliver electricity to an industrial group. Including previous phases, the solar park will have combined capacity of 339 MW and will begin operations in 2019.

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