Enel Green Power Mexico is expanding its renewables precense in Mexico after inking an agreement with the country’s Federal Electricity Comission (CFE).
The agreement sees Enel expand by 10% the capacity of the 754 MW Villanueva and the 238 MW Don José photovoltaic solar parks. The agreement also includes the 93 MW Salitrillos wind farm, which, as with the other two, is currently under construction.
These expansions will add approximately 107 MW to the Enel Group’s renewable capacity in Mexico once completed.
“The expansion of three of Enel Green Power Mexico’s plants confirms our leadership in the country’s renewable energy sector, as we are the first and so far the only company that has signed this type of agreement,” said Paolo Romanacci, Country Manager of Enel Green Power Central America and Mexico.
“These expansions also reaffirm our strong focus to deliver on the commitments taken in Mexico’s first two long-term auctions, as well as our contribution to help Mexico achieve the goal of 35% power generation from renewables by 2024.
“The Enel Group will invest approximately 97 million US dollars in the expansions of the three plants: around 64 million for the expansion of Villanueva (approx. 36 million for Villanueva I and approx. 28 million for Villanueva III), 21 million for Don José and 12 million for Salitrillos.”
The expansions are the result of an existing option in the energy sales contracts linked to the three plants and awarded to EGPM in Mexico’s first two long-term energy auctions. All three projects involved are backed by contracts for the sale of specific volumes of energy for 15 years and Clean Energy Certificates for 20 years to CFE.
The Villanueva photovoltaic solar park, located in the state of Coahuila, once expanded will have a final installed capacity of approximately 828 MW, adding around 74 MW to the initial capacity of 754 MW.
The Don José solar plant, which is located in the state of Guanajuato, will add around 22 MW to its original capacity of 238 MW, reaching a final installed capacity of approximately 260 MW.
The Salitrillos wind farm, located in the state of Tamaulipas, will be expanded by about 10 MW, reaching a final installed capacity of around 103 MW from 93 MW. Once completed, the overall additional capacity of approx. 107 MW will produce around 265 GWh per year.