Iberdrola to Build 600 Megawatts of Renewable Energy in Mexico

The company will invest approximately EUR 700 million in projects it expects to commission in 2018 and 2019

  • Iberdrola, which is the largest privately-owned electric utility in Mexico with an operational capacity of 5.4 GW, has obtained permits to install 325 MW of wind power and 275 MW of solar power capacity in the states of Guanajuato, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, and Sonora.
  • The company will develop 170 MW and 100 MW capacity plants as part of its first large-scale solar power projects in Mexico, where its total renewable infrastructure will rise to 1 GW.
  • When speaking about the project, Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán said, “These renewable installations will enable us to continue to strengthen our leadership position in Mexico with the start-up of clean technologies that ratify our firm commitment to tackling climate change.”

Iberdrola has taken another important step in furthering its commitment to renewable energy in Mexico by obtaining permits to build four facilities that will have a combined installed capacity of 600 MW.

The sum invested in developing these projects will total EUR 700 million over the next two years, which is the most Iberdrola has ever allocated to the Latin American renewable sector.

The Mexican government just gave Iberdrola the green light to install 325 MW of wind power capacity in the states of Puebla and Guanajuato, and 275 MW of solar power capacity in the states of San Luis Potosí and Sonora.

The next phase of the operational Pier II project will see the development of a 220 MW capacity wind farm in Puebla, while a 105 MW capacity Pier wind farm will be developed at the Santiago Eólico wind farm in Guanajuato. Both projects are scheduled for commissioning in 2019.

As for solar plants, Iberdrola plans to build a 105 MW plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, and another 170 MW plant in Santiago, San Luís Potosí, both of which are scheduled for commissioning by late 2018.

The volume of installed capacity anticipated at these facilities means that Iberdrola will be making its first large-scale incursion into the solar power sector.

 

Iberdrola will develop these four projects within the framework of its long-term PPAs with private industrial clients who will receive the power generated and Clean Energy Certificates for these renewable facilities.

Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán spoke today to express his satisfaction that, “these new renewable energy facilities mean that not only will we continue to strengthen our lead position in the utility sector in Mexico, which is a country of key importance for Iberdrola, but we will do so by starting up clean technologies in our wind farms and solar plants that will ensure that we deliver yet again on our firm commitment to tackling climate change.”

Iberdrola: firmly committed to Mexico

The implementation of these wind farms and solar plants will bring Iberdrola’s installed renewable energy capacity in Mexico to approximately 1 GW. The company already has 366 MW of wind power capacity distributed across the country at its La Ventosa (102 MW), La Venta III (102 MW), Bii Nee Stipa (26 MW), Pier II (66 MW) and Dos Arbolitos (70 MW) wind farms.

Iberdrola is also promoting utility projects totaling 2.5 GW in Mexico with the construction of four new combined-cycle plants, including Baja California III, Dulces Nombres V, Escobedo and Topolobampo II, and three co-generation plants in Ramos Arizpe, San Juan del Río, and Altamira.

Iberdrola’s presence in Mexico dates back 18 years, and it has steadily increased its investment and activities in the country to the point of becoming its largest privately-owned electric utility.

The company currently has a total installed capacity of 5.4 GW from its combined-cycle, co-generation, and wind power plants, which is enough to serve approximately 20 million people in Mexico. Iberdrola plans to invest up to USD 5 billion in Mexico over the next five years.