Acciona and Tuto Energy expand the Puerto Libertad solar project in Mexico by 50%

The Puerto Libertad photovoltaic plant in the State of Sonora (México) will see its capacity increased by 50% to 339 MWp (270 MW rated capacity) following the signature of a private purchase agreement between the joint venture that owns the project (participated at 50% by Acciona Energia and Tuto Energy) and the company Tuto Energy Trading. The final destination of the energy, representing 112 MWp (90 MW rated capacity), will be the facilities of a major Mexican industrial group.

The first phase of the project – for 227 MWp (180 MW rated capacity) – has already been allocated to the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) following the award made in the second energy auction held in September 2016.

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The recently-signed contract – the first private one under the new Law on the Electric Power Sector in Mexico– completes the photovoltaic plant, on which construction will begin in the last trimester of 2017, with its entry into service planned for the first semester of 2019.

Acciona will carry out the EPC for the plant

Overall, the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic plant will produce electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of 489,000 Mexican homes and avoid the emission of over 776,000 metric tons of CO2 from coal-fired power stations, creating a cleaning effect on the atmosphere equivalent to 39 million trees through the process of photosynthesis.

Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the plant in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) modality. The company has a long track record as a developer, constructor and operator of large photovoltaic plants in several countries: Chile, South Africa, Portugal, Australia and Spain.

Source: Acciona Energia