Acciona completed 405 MW photovoltaic plant in Mexico

Spanish Acciona Energía SA completed the assembly of the »Puerto Libertad« PV plant in the Sonora desert (Mexico). The 404.57 MW plant is the biggest renewable facility of its type built by the company. The plant consists of 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels installed on 1,496 horizontal tracking structures. It is located in the municipality Puerto Libertad near the coast of the Gulf of California in Lower California around 200 kilometers northwest of Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora. The plant will produce approximately 963 GWh of energy per year.
Acciona Energía is building this plant as a turnkey project for the joint venture between Acciona (50 percent) and Tuto Energy (50 percent), part of the Biofields Group. With total planned capital expenditure of $349 million, the facility 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.
With this renewable energy plant, Acciona Energía now has 1,144 MW in Mexico (739.5 MW from wind power and 404.5 MW from PV), making the country the second most important worldwide for the company in terms of owned capacity, after Spain.
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 Egypt and Ukraine, that will take it above 1,000 MW of total capacity in 2019.

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