Martifer Solar and Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M have signed on the dotted lines confirming plans to build a 20MW PV project in Hermosillo, in the state of Sonora, in northern Mexico. Martifer Solar is part of Portugal-based Martifer SGPS SA.

Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M, which has been operating in the Mexican market since 2011, chose Martifer Solar after a rigorous selection process. Cesar Martín, of Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M explained, “After extensive analysis of the different proposals, provided by the main companies within the sector, we chose Martifer Solar, amongst other reasons, for the technical quality put forward, its Smartracker tracking technology, and for its global experience and track-record.”

The planned 20MW PV facility will be Mexico’s first large-scale PV project. It will utilize Martifer Solar’s Smartracker technology, a one axis tracker which is said to optimize the installation’s yield by around 30% and maximize the power distributed to the grid. According to the company, this, coupled with a high number of Mexican sunshine hours, means that feed-in-tariffs are not necessary to ensure the project’s competitiveness.

The agreement is in line with Martifer’s international expansion strategy which has seen it recently enter the Romanian PV market. The regional manager of Latin America and a board member for Martifer Solar, Alberto Rabanal, said, “The agreement signed with Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M proves the success of Martifer Solar’s international expansion strategy and boosts the company’s commitment to the photovoltaic sector in Latin America and in the Mexican market in particular.”

Solar power generated by the 20MW facility will be sold under 25-year PPAs signed by Consorcio Integrador Sonora80M with several municipalities in the region.