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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.

 

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

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Ingeteam has been awarded a further contract for the first commercial-scale solar thermal plant to be built in China. The company had already been awarded an initial contract for the basic engineering for this plant and has now won a further contract for the detailed engineering of the solar farm.

This is the first commercial-scale solar thermal plant in China, developed by CGN Delingha Solar Energy Co Ltd. The plant covers a total surface area of 250 hectares and is expected to start operating at the end of 2017. With a power output of 50MW, the plant stands out for its 7.5 hour, 1,300 MWt thermal energy storage capacity based on a molten salt tank system. The plant will operate for more than 5,000 hours, representing a generation of more than 210 GWh per annum and preventing the annual emission of 200,000 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

 

With this new contract, Ingeteam is to develop the detailed engineering for the solar farm, including the process design, mechanics, electrics, instrumentation and control of the solar farm for the Beijing Shouhang IHW Resources Saving Technology Company. Ltd. The plant is located in the province of Qinghai, whose capital city is Xining, in the centre of China at a distance of 1,700 km from Peking. Due to the fact that the province is situated on a high plateau at an altitude of some 3,000 metres, surrounded by mountains, the climate is extreme, with little rainfall, extremely cold winters that can reach -27.9 ºC at the site, and very hot summers.

To date, China has built some small pilot solar thermal plants, directed at developing R&D, but has not commissioned any commercial plants. Ingeteam is therefore present in an expanding market, which has an extensive list of approved projects, forecasting a total power output of 1.35 GW.

 Source: Ingeteam

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