September 28 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy major Enel SpA (BIT:ENEl) said on Thursday it has switched on and hooked to the grid two solar parks in Mexico totalling 1,089 MW.
The 828-MW Villanueva and 260-MW Don Jose projects were implemented by the company's subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM). Their construction required an investment of USD 950 million (EUR 815.7m).
Located in the municipality of Viesca, Coahuila state, the Villanueva photovoltaic (PV) park uses more than 2.5 million solar panels and is currently the biggest operating solar farm in Mexico, Enel said. Its output is expected to exceed 2,000 GWh per year, which will help offset more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Construction of the plant was initiated in March last year, followed by that of the second facility a month later.
The 260-MW Don Jose plant is situated in the municipality of San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, and is powered by 810,000 PV panels with an expected annual output of over 625 GWh.
Enel won the two projects in Mexico’s first long-term public tender in March 2016. Following their completion, it has 1,553 MW of grid-connected renewable energy capacity globally that was put on stream since the start of the year, it noted.
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