September 6 (Renewables Now) - Spanish infrastructure and renewables company Acciona SA (BME:ANA) has completed the commissioning of its 183-MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico.
The facility is located in the state of Tamaulipas and uses 61 Nordex wind turbines of 3 MW each. The local unit of Acciona said on Monday that this is the first power plant to enter commercial operation within the framework of Mexico’s Wholesale Electricity Market (MEM). It is also the first fully operational renewable energy facility awarded in the auctions under the new Energy Reform.
El Cortijo is expected to generate enough power to meet the demand of 350,000 local homes and offset 429,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. Acciona started the commissioning process in the middle of June, 15 months after the wind farm entered construction.
El Cortijo is the fifth wind farm that Acciona owns in Mexico, bringing its wind capacity there to 740 MW. Currently, the Spanish firm is also working on a 404-MWp solar park in Sonora state, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019.