June 14 (Renewables Now) - Acciona SA (BME:ANA) has started commissioning its 183-MW El Cortijo wind farm in Mexico, the Spanish infrastructure group said on Wednesday.
This is the first wind farm of those being developed as a result of Mexico's energy reform to enter service, the company added.
The El Cortijo project secured a contract for 585.5 GWh of power and associated clean energy certificates in Mexico's first long-term power auction following the country's energy reform. In the third auction, completed in November 2017, Acciona was awarded 52.04 MW of guaranteed capacity from the wind farm, which, the company explained, is a third revenue source for the facility, in addition to the sale of electricity and clean energy certificates.
The USD-235-million (EUR 199m) wind farm is located in the state of Tamaulipas and uses 61 Nordex 3-MW wind turbines of the AW125/3000 model.
The start of commissioning comes 15 months after the wind farm entered construction. The first turbines have now been connected to the grid and commissioning work will continue over the next few weeks.
El Cortijo is the fifth wind farm that Acciona owns in Mexico, bringing its wind capacity to 740 MW. The Spanish group is also building a 404-MWp solar park in Sonora.
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