ACCIONA Energía (Sarriguren, Spain) and Tuto Energy (Bosques de las Lomas, Mexico) have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) – the first of a private nature signed under the new law on the electric power sector in Mexico – that will add 112 MW to the initial Puerto Libertad solar photovoltaic (PV) project.
The first phase of the project (227 MW) has already been allocated to the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) following the award made in the second energy auction held in September 2016.
The Puerto Libertad PV plant, the biggest in Mexico, will be located in Sonora State and is scheduled to enter service in 2019. Overall, the Puerto Libertad PV plant will produce solar power equivalent to the annual consumption of 489,000 Mexican homes.
The PPA was signed by the joint venture that owns the PV project (participated at 50% by ACCIONA Energía and TUTO Energy) and the company TUTO Energy Trading. The final destination of the solar power, representing 112 MW (90 MW rated capacity), will be the facilities of a major Mexican industrial group.
The recently-signed contract completes the PV plant, on which construction will begin in the last trimester of 2017, with its entry into service planned for the first semester of 2019.