Enel has begun construction of Don José solar photovoltaic plant, which is located in San Luis de la Paz, in the country's North-Central state of Guanajuato.
"Today's announcement marks an important milestone for our presence in Mexico, as Don José is the final project to begin construction from the 1GW of capacity awarded to Enel in the country's first long-term public tender following its energy reforms," said Paolo Romanacci. "This milestone further strengthens our leadership in the Mexican renewable energy sector, while confirming our commitment and ability to successfully contribute to the country's growth in a sustainable and innovative way."
Don José will have an installed capacity of 238MW and once completed will be able to produce 539GWh per year, equivalent to the annual energy consumption needs of around 410,000 Mexican households, while avoiding the emission of over 245,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Enel will be investing approximately 220 million US dollars in the construction of Don José, which is expected to enter into operation in 2018. The project will be supported by a contract providing for the sale to Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad in Spanish or CFE) of both specified volumes of energy over a 15-year period and the related clean certificates over a 20-year period.