Published On: Sun, Nov 26th, 2017

Italian energy company Enel to develop 593MW wind power projects in Mexico

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Wind industry news : Italian energy company Enel will develop four wind power projects in Mexico that will have a combined power generation capacity of 593MW.

The Mexican wind farms were awarded by National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) to Enel Rinnovabile, the renewable energy subsidiary of Enel during the third Mexico electricity auction.

Enel prevailed in the auction to secure the development rights for the 244MW Dolores wind farm, the 149MW Amistad IV wind farm, the 100MW Amistad II wind farm and the 100MW Amistad III wind farm.

Commenting on the new Mexican wind power projects, Antonio Cammisecra – Head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power, 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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Wind power project. Image courtesy of kongsky at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Italian energy company has allotted an investment of around $700 million for developing the four Mexican wind farms. The wind power projects are anticipated to enter into commercial operations during the first half of 2020.

Once they achieve their full capacity, the Mexican wind farms are anticipated to produce 2.09TWh/year of wind power. Owing to this, 960,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided from entering into the atmosphere each year, stated Enel.

According to the latest wind industry news, Amistad II, III and IV wind power projects will be developed in the Mexican state of Coahuila, in the city of Ciudad Acuna. The Dolores wind power project on the other hand will be developed in the Nuevo Leon state, in the municipality of China.

All the four Mexican wind power projects will have the support of a 15-year power purchasing deal for specific volumes and of the related clean certificates covering 20years with Camara de Compensacion.

The third Mexico electricity auction saw a total of 15 renewable energy projects with a combined power generation capacity of 2.56GW up for grabs. Out of these five of them are wind power projects, nine are solar power projects and one of them is a turbogas power project.

The only other wind power project that was not granted to Enel is the 100.8MW Tres Mesas 4 wind farm which will be developed by French energy company Engie in Tamaulipas state.

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