Enel’s subsidiary Enel Rinnovabile has won tenders for the construction of four wind farms in Mexico, totalling 593MW of capacity.
Mexico recently issued public tender for renewable energy. This is the third tender after the country’s energy sector got reformed.
The Italian energy company plans to invest a total of $700m for the construction of the new facilities.
The three plants will include Amistad II and Amistad III with 100MW each, and the Amistad IV with a capacity of 149MW. They will be built in Acuña, in the northern State of Coahuila. The fourth plant will be a 244 MW Dolores plant in the northeastern State of Nuevo León.
The first two plants Amistad II and Amistad III will geneate 350GWh of clean energy while offsetting 170,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Amistad IV could generate 510GWh of energy per year and can avoid 234,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The fourth project Dolores can generate about 850GWh annually, while avoiding 390,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
These four plants are scheduled to begin their operations in the first half of 2020. Once fully operational, the facilities can cumulatively produce 2.09TWh per year while avoiding emission of nearly 960,000 tonnes of CO2.
Each of the four wind projects is expected to be supported by Mexico’s Cámara de Compensación with specific volumes of energy over a 15 year period and the related clean certificates over a 20 year period.
Enel Green Power head Global Renewable Energies Division Antonio Cammisecra said: “Through this important win, we will significantly contribute to the country’s demand for electricity from renewable sources.
“This is just another step of our strategy in the country that we will implement through organic growth as well as through the ‘build, sell and operate’ model that enables us to leverage on our global pipeline, accelerating our growth worldwide.”
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