Atlas Renewable Energy switches on 300 MW solar project in Mexico


From pv magazine Mexico

US developer Atlas Renewable Energy has switched on a 300 MW solar power plant in Campeche, Mexico. The $340 million La Pimienta solar project will sell electricity to Mexican state-owned power utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year power purchase agreement.

“La Pimienta is composed of more than a million solar panels, which are spread across 651 hectares,” the company said in a statement, adding the solar park is currently Mexico's second largest operational PV facility. “La Pimienta represents the first large-scale solar renewable energy investment in Campeche, with the participation of high-caliber institutions including the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras), MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC) and Société Générale.”

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