La Pimienta solar plant : Atlas Renewable Energy begins full operations
US-based Atlas Renewable Energy’s 300MW La Pimienta solar plant is now fully operational, making it the second-largest operational solar facility in Mexico.
The La Pimienta solar power plant will cater to the energy requirements of the Yucatan peninsula.
The $340 million La Pimienta solar power project consists of over a million solar panels, spanning over 651 hectares. It is said to eliminate over 1.7 million tons of carbon emissions.
Camilo Serrano — Atlas Renewable Energy General Manager Mexico said: “We are very proud that our largest project to date is now fully operational.
“This project is very special for us, as we are able to supply clean energy to the Yucatan Peninsula and avoid the emission of more than 1.7 million tons of CO2.
“In addition, we are able to promote unique social and environmental programs that will contribute to the well-being of the surrounding communities and the preservation of the local ecosystem.”
Situated in Campeche state, the La Pimienta solar plant will supply clean energy to the Federal Electric Commission CFE, a state-owned utility, for the coming 15 years as part of a contract.
The La Pimienta solar power plant is funded by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), MUFG Bank, and Société Générale.
Located in the state of Coahuila, the largest operational solar power plant in Mexico is the Villanueva project, which is made up of the Villanueva I and Villanueva III plants, with the capacity of 427MW and 327MW, respectively.