September 19 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy group Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said on Tuesday it has started building its 100-MW Amistad II wind farm in Mexico’s northern state of Coahuila.
The plant will be constructed by Enel Green Power Mexico at an overall cost of around USD 115 million (EUR 98.6m). To be located in the city of Ciudad de Acuna, the wind farm is expected to be switched on in the first half of 2020, generating about 350 GWh of electricity per year and saving 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It will operate under a contract with Mexico's Camara de Compensacion, which will buy the power output for 15 years and related certificates for a 20-year period.
Enel Green Power Mexico secured the project in Mexico’s third renewables auction in November 2017. The scheme is the first one of all selected projects in the tender that enters construction, Enel said.
Through its renewables unit Enel Green Power (EGP), Enel said it is currently completing construction of the 828-MW Villanueva solar park in Coahuila and the 200-MW Amistad wind park. Also in the November 2017 tender, the company won bids for the third and fourth phases of the Amistad project, with capacities of 100 MW and 149 MW, respectively.
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