Construction starts on $650M Mexico solar PV plant
Mar 31, 2017 – Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM), the Mexican unit of energy firm Enel, has begun construction on a 754MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Viesca, Coahuila, Mexico.
Villanueva solar plant will generate over 1,700GWh of electricity annually — enough to power over 1.3M Mexican households — and offset more than 780,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. The plant will comprise the 427MW Villanueva 1 and the 327MW Villanueva 3 parks.
According to the firm, the facility will be the largest PV facility under construction in the Americas and Enel’s largest solar project across the globe. The project, financed through the firm’s own resources, will entail an investment of nearly $650M.
Enel head of renewable energies for Central America, Paolo Romanacci, said: “The start of construction of this record-breaking plant is another major milestone for Enel. We continue to make excellent progress against our strategy in this high-potential market.
“Mexico is a key country for Enel and we look forward to contributing further to the country’s growing electricity sector with the clean energy generated by Villanueva and the 530MW of solar and wind projects we have under execution.”
The facility, expected to be operational in the second half of 2018, is owned by EGPM subsidiaries Villanueva Solar SA de CV and Parque Solar Villanueva Tres SA de CV.