November 28 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy major Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has launched operations at the 220-MW Magdalena II solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, bringing fresh capacity to its more than 2.3-GW strong renewables portfolio in Mexico.
The project was built through the company’s local renewables arm Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM), requiring an investment of around USD 165 million (EUR 150m).
Enel said Thursday the Magdalena II project is EGP’s first in Mexico to sell all of its output to private off-takers on the country's wholesale electricity market.
Another first for the renewables developer was the use of bifacial panels for a large-scale solar project. The new solar park is fitted with around 550,000 bifacial modules capable of generating some 640 GWh annually, Enel said.
With Magdalena II in operation, EGPM’s portfolio of managed capacity consists of 977 MW of wind power, around 1,308 MW of solar and 53 MW of hydro. Enel said it has four wind projects totalling 593 MW nearing completion in Mexico.
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