The Don José solar park of Enel Green Power Mexico, in the municipality of San Luis de la Paz, Guacanajuato was inaugurated on Wednesday and is the second plant of the group to start operations under Mexico’s energy reform – in force since 2013. Enel’s first solar field was at Villanueva, the largest photovoltaic plant in the Americas.
The Don José solar park, which includes an expansion which is already in progress, is built across more than 1,300 hectares of land on which more than 850,000 panels are installed, along with 9,018 trackers. The facility is expected to generate approximately 625 GWh per year. According to the company, the $220 million facility started commercial operations five months ahead of schedule.
Enel is expecting to invest a further $21 million when its planned expansion is completed by the end of the year.
The project was selected by the Mexican Department of Energy (SENER) in the first power auction it held, in 2016. The plant has the backing of a contract for the sale of specific volumes of energy for 15 years, as well as 20-year Clean Energy Certificates with the Federal Electricity Commission. The option to expand the capacity of the facility by 10% was included in the original contract.