ACCIONA Energía has started construction work on the fifth wind farm under its ownership in Mexico: El Cortijo, a 168-MW facility in the State of Tamaulipas. It is the first renewable energy project resulting from the electric-power auctions organized in Mexico within the framework of the country’s Energy Reform.
ACCIONA won the first tender a total of 585.5 GWh of electric power and the corresponding clean energy certificates, which will be supplied by this wind farm.
El Cortij represents an investment of $221 million (210 million euros at current exchange). The project is located 40 kilometers south of Reynosa, and will have 56, AW 125/3000 turbines of Nordex/ACCIONA Windpower technology, with rated power of 3 MW.
“Completing the renewables projects that are awarded to us in the shortest possible timescale, and with the quality guarantees required, are ongoing challenges for ACCIONA,” said ACCIONA Energía México Director Miguel Angel Alonso.
“We are convinced that the development of the El Cortijo wind farm will allow us to ratify this commitment, through which we set out to contribute to the development of renewable energy sources in México and the rest of the world,” he added.
The installation is expected to enter service in August 2018, and will avoid the emission of over 366,000 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere per year.
The construction and operation of El Cortijo and its associated activities will represent a contribution to Mexico’s GDP of around $232 million during its working life, according to figures from the socio-economic impact study made for the company by the consultancy EY and presented last May.
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