October 10 (Renewables Now) - Spanish renewables infrastructure builder Prodiel SL said Thursday it will start construction on the 296-MW Potrero Solar project in Mexico this month.
The company and its partner Powerchina International Ltd have been awarded a full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by the project’s promoter, Madrid-based renewables developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV). The due will also be in charge of operation and maintenance (O&M) for the first two years.
The construction site, spanning 640 hectares (1581.5 acres), is located in Lagos de Moreno in the state of Jalisco. Prodiel said that the execution phase will create over 1,500 jobs in the area.
Potrero Solar will be equipped with bifacial photovoltaic (PV) modules and, once completed, be one of the world’s largest to use such technology. Its output is estimated to reach some 750 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual power consumption of around 350,000 Mexican households.
Potrero Solar is a fully merchant project and as such will trade its generated electricity and associated clean energy certificates in Mexico’s energy market. The solar park is expected to start operations by mid-2020.