Gauss Energía, Martifer Solar inaugurate Aura Solar project in Mexico

26 March 2014 (Last Updated March 26th, 2014 18:30)

Gauss Energía and Martifer Solar have inaugurated the Aura Solar project, a 39MWp photovoltaic power project in La Paz, Baja California Sur, in Mexico.

Gauss Energía and Martifer Solar have inaugurated the Aura Solar project, a 39MWp photovoltaic power project in La Paz, Baja California Sur, in Mexico.

Gauss Energia is the developer of the Aura Solar project and the project was funded by local development bank Na?n, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Corporación Aura Solar. Corporacion Aura Solar is the 100%-owner of the Aura Solar project.

Martifer Solar has provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service for the 39MWp project. The company is also responsible for the operation and maintenance services for the power plant.

The Aura Solar plant incorporates more than 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels installed in ground-mounted structures with single-axis solar trackers and features Ingeteam inverters.

"The Aura Solar plant incorporates more than 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels installed in ground-mounted structures."

The project will have a production capacity of 82GWh/year, the equivalent to the average energy consumption of almost 160,000 inhabitants, and save more than 60,000t of CO2 annually.

Gauss Energía claims that Aura Solar is the Latin America's largest connected PV plant. The project, which has been developed on an area of 100 hectares in La Paz, includes a 2.8km-long transmission line.

Comisión Federal de Electricidad is the off-taker of the Aura Solar project under a 20-year power purchase agreement. It will contribute to Mexico's target of 35% of energy being provided by renewables by 2026.

Gauss Energía president and CEO Hector Olea said: "Aura Solar I represents a remarkable platform to develop solar parks in Mexico, and we believe this will be a boost to the new solar industry in the country."

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