February 6 (Renewables Now) - Acciona Energia announced today it has started construction of a 404-MWp photovoltaic (PV) complex in Mexico, developed in a 50/50 joint venture with Tuto Energy Trading.
The 404 MWp correspond to 317.5 MW rated capacity, built with 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels. Part of it is to start feeding power to the grid in the last quarter of 2018. Full completion is expected by early 2019, Acciona said.
Located in the state of Sonora, the Puerto Libertad complex will divide its output in three. First, the output of a 229-MWp portion will be supplied to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), under a contract signed in the September 2016 energy auction. A further 114 MWp will be producing power under a private purchase and sale contract between the Puerto Libertad consortium owners and Tuto Energy Trading. The output of the remaining 61 MWp will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.
When complete, Puerto Libertad will be able to generate around 963 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 583,000 Mexican homes and to offset 925,443 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, the company noted.