Spanish company Acciona Energía has completed construction of a 405 MW solar plant in Mexico, for which more than a million PV panels were installed in two months.
According to a statement released by the company yesterday, Acciona owns half the project, in partnership with Tuto Energy. After an investment of $349 million, the Puerto Libertad plant is expected to be grid connected by May.
Miguel Ángel Alonso, CEO of Acciona Energy Mexico, said: “To date we had never reached such a pace of activity in the construction of a photovoltaic plant. In Puerto Libertad we have achieved very efficient working practices, born of our experience in previous projects, and this has enabled us to complete the assembly of the plant in record time, and also contribute to a major increase in our installed capacity in Mexico.”
Construction employed an average of 600 people with peaks of activity in which 1,300 jobs were created. In the operation phase, the plant will give stable employment to 38 people.
Puerto Libertad consists of 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels installed on 1,496 horizontal tracking structures, with a solar capture surface of 2.4 km². It is in the municipality of the same name, on the coast of the Sea of Cortés in the Gulf of Baja California, around 200 km northwest of Hermosillo. The plant will produce 963 GWh annually and could meet the electricity demand of around 583,000 homes.
Acciona signed a PPA for a 112 MW block of the Puerto Libertad plant in February 2017 and the project added a 227 MW block in the second clean energy auction held by the Mexican government.
Acciona now has 1,144 MW of installed solar capacity in Mexico.