Acciona Energía completed the assembly of the ‘Puerto Libertad’ PV plant in the Sonora desert (Mexico) in 2018. The 404.57 MWp-capacity plant is the biggest renewable facility of its type built by the company. To achieve this, Acciona installed more than a million PV modules (1,072,909) with an associated capacity of 356,02 MWp in two months, from 19 October to 19 December, a construction milestone for this type of plant that is accompanied by another day record figure: on 18 December the company assembled 43,080 PV modules (14.29 MWp).
Acciona Energía is building this plant as a turnkey project for the joint venture that owns it, Acciona holding 50% and the other 50% Tuto Energy (Biofields Group). With total planned capital expenditure of €303 m ‘Puerto Libertad’ will enter service during the first quarter of 2019.
The construction of the plant created an average of 600 jobs, with activity peaks when more than 1,300 people were employed. When fully operational it will provide stable employment for 38 people.
The ‘Puerto Libertad’ PV plant consists of 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon PV modules installed on 1,496 horizontal tracking structures with a solar radiation collection surface area of 2.4 km2. It is located in the municipality of the same name near the coast of the Gulf of California in Lower California around 200 kMnorthwest of Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora.
The plant will produce approximately 963 GWh of energy per year, covering the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican households. Given its renewable nature, the energy produced will avoid the emission of 925,443 t of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations every year.
With this renewable energy plant, Acciona Energía now has 1,144 MW in Mexico (739.5 MW from wind power and 404.5 MWp from PV), making the country the second most important worldwide for the company in terms of owned capacity, after Spain. The net figure for Acciona’s capacity in Mexico is 942 MW.
The construction of ‘Puerto Libertad’ also means that Acciona has more than doubled PV capacity under its ownership in the world, with plants in Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Portugal and Spain. The company is also constructing PV plants in two other countries -Egypt and Ukraine- that will take it above 1,000 MWp of total capacity in 2019.
Source: Acciona Energía