Canadian Solar says 68-MWp Mexican PV park is operational

Solar park in Mexico. Author: Presidencia de la Rep├║blica Mexicana. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

February 14 (Renewables Now) - Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:SCIQ) announced on Thursday that its 68-MWp Aguascalientes solar project in Mexico began commercial operation in January.

Canadian Solar won the project in Mexico’s first long-term electricity auction in 2016. Electricity and clean energy certificates (CELs) from the farm will be sold to Mexican state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and a 20-year CEL contract.

The solar plant, located in Aguascalientes, central Mexico, will have an annual output of 145 GWh, enough to meet the electricity demand of 20,690 local households. The plant is powered by more than 200,000 poly modules CS6U-P, supplied by Canadian Solar. The company will also provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

Canadian Solar chairman and CEO DR Shawn Qu said the firm has 368 MWp of solar projects in Mexico with awarded PPAs. Construction of these late-stage projects is to commence soon, with commercial operations targeted in 2020.

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