- Category: PV
23 Jul 2013
- Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 09:11
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Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. will be supplying the photovoltaic modules for Latin America’s largest solar power plant.
The 30 megawatt-Aura Solar I in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico is a project of Mexican renewable energy project developer Gauss Energia. Set to be operational by 2013, it will have a production capacity of 82 gigawatts per hour a year or enough to supply energy for around 160,000 inhabitants and offset the emissions of more than 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide (see related story).
“Aura Solar is the first project of a larger initative that aims to become a platform to develop utility-scale PV facilities in Mexico. With Mexico’s solar potential expected to reach around 2,000 MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and is paving the way for future projects in the field,” said Hector Olea, chief executive officer of Gauss Energia.
Around 132,000 Suntech panels will be installed on the 100-hectare site by the Protugal-based fully-integrated solar company Martifer Solar, which holds the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the project.
"We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America. With Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region," said E.L. McDaniel, managing director of Suntech America.
Mexico has set a target of 35 percent renewable energy in their energy mix by 2026. Solar power projects are expected to have a major contribution to reaching that goal. Currently, Mexico only has around 13 MW of total installed capacity with the largest project currently in operation having 5 MW of capacity. – EcoSeed Staff