Dubbed as the Villanueva solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, the project is being built by Enel’s Mexican subsidiary, Enel Green Power México (EGPM) at Viesca in Coahuila State. It is claimed to become the largest PV facility to be constructed in the Americas.

Owned by EGPM subsidiaries Villanueva Solar and Parque Solar Villanueva Tres, the PV project comprises 427MW Vilanueva 1 and the 327 MW Villanueva 3 parks. Both of them are being constructed at the same time.

Enel Central America renewable energies head Paolo Romanacci said: “Mexico is a key country for Enel and we look forward to contributing further to the country’s growing electricity sector with the clean energy generated by Villanueva and the 530 MW of solar and wind projects we have under execution.

“Enel is an important actor in Mexico’s sustainable development, and it is clear that our approach of creating shared value for all our stakeholders around the world is working very well in Mexico.”

Slated to be put into service in the latter half of next year, the 754MW Villanueva solar power facility will produce over 1,700 GWh per year. The energy generated from it can cover the electricity needs of more than 1.3 million households in Mexico.

As a result, it will be a position to cut more than 780,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere.

Enel had already secured long-term power purchase agreements for both Villanueva 1 and Villanueva 3, and also for the 238 MW Don José PV project to supply a combined 1GW of solar energy.

Last week, the company started construction of another of its renewable projects in Mexico, a 200MW wind farm named Amistad in Coahuila state.