Enel starts construction of 238MW plant in Mexico

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Enel Green Power currently operates 728MW of renewable energy capacity in Mexico, making it the largest operator in the country. Source: Enel Green Power

The Mexican subsidiary of Enel Green Power has begun construction on the 238MW Don José PV plant in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Once completed in 2018, the plant will be able to produce 539GWh per year, enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 410,000 homes. Enel will be investing around US$220 million in the construction of the new facility. A 15-year PPA has been signed by Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) with related clean energy certifications (CELs) over a 20-year period.

Enel was awarded the Don José project in the country’s first long-term power tender last year, where the company won the most capacity of any other participating player. Last week, Enel broke ground on its 754MW plant in North Mexico, also expected to be commissioned in 2018.

The plant was inaugurated yesterday in a ceremony attended by the Guanajuato state governor Miguel Márquez Márquez, the mayor of the San Luis De La Paz municipality Guillermo Rodríguez Contreras, and Paolo Romanacci, Enel’s head of Renewable Energies for Central America.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for our presence in Mexico, as Don José is the final project to begin construction from the 1GW of capacity awarded to Enel in the country’s first long-term public tender following its energy reforms,” said Romanacci during the ceremony. “This milestone further strengthens our leadership in the Mexican renewable energy sector, while confirming our commitment and ability to successfully contribute to the country’s growth in a sustainable and innovative way.”

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