Spanish renewable company Acciona Energía has completed assembly of the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Sonora desert (Mexico).
With a capacity of 404.57MWp, the PV plant is reported to be the biggest renewable facility constructed by Acciona.
For this project, the Spanish firm installed 1,072,909 photovoltaic panels with a combined capacity of 356,02MWp over two months. The company said that it assembled 43,080 modules (14.29MWp) in one day.
Acciona Energía México CEO Miguel Angel Alonso said: “To date, we had never reached such a pace of activity in the construction of a photovoltaic plant.
“In Puerto Libertad we have achieved very efficient working practices born of our experience in previous projects, and this has enabled us to complete the assembly of the plant in record time and also contribute to a major increase in our installed capacity in Mexico.”
Built with a total planned capital expenditure of $349m, Puerto Libertad PV plant is a joint venture (JV) project between Acciona holding and Tuto Energy (Biofields Group).
The plant will produce approximately 963GWh of energy per year, covering the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican households. This is estimated to eliminate 925,443t of carbon dioxide released during coal-fired energy production.
The solar plant will begin operations during the first quarter of this year. With this latest renewable energy plant, Acciona Energía now has 1,144MW generated capacity in Mexico.
Construction of the plant created an average of 600 jobs. At its peak, more than 1,300 people were employed. Once fully operational, it will provide stable employment for 38 people.