Enel inaugurates 238 MW Don José solar project in Mexico

Italian utility Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico (EGPM), inaugurated the 238 MW »Don José« photovoltaic solar plant located in San Luis de la Paz, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Don José is the fifth renewable energy plant commissioned by Enel Green Power worldwide in 2018, bringing the total commissioned capacity in the year to around 1 GW. The investment for the construction of Don José amounted to approximately $220 million. The plant is supported by a contract for the sale of specific volumes of energy for 15 years and Clean Energy Certificates for 20 years with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE).
As reported, EGPM recently signed an agreement with CFE to expand the plant’s capacity by 10 percent, an option foreseen in the contract linked to the project and awarded to EGPM in Mexico’s first long-term energy auction in 2016. The expansion, which will add 22 MW to Don José, will be completed in the second half of 2018 and will involve an investment of around $21 million. The Don José plant, including its expansion, will consist of more than 1,300 hectares of land, where more than 850,000 solar panels will be installed, capable of producing more than 625 GWh annually.

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