Acciona Energía has signed a contract with the Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to sell power generated from the proposed 168MW El Cortijo wind farm in Tamaulipas state.

Under the 15-year contract, the electricity commission will purchase 585.7GWh of power as well as the clean energy certificates generated by the project, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018, 

Acciona Energía was awarded the first long-term power auction in the wholesale electricity market which was launched by the Mexican National Energy Control Center (CENACE) in March. 

Acciona Energía Mexico director Miguel Angel Alonso said: “We are proud that Acciona is one of the first companies to sign a purchase and sale contract for energy and clean energy certificates in the framework of the auction system established by the Mexican energy reform.

“This system creates good prospects for the development of renewables in the country, and we in Acciona will continue to work actively towards this objective.”

Construction of El Cortijo wind farm is expected to begin toward the end of the year.

Featuring 56 3MW Acciona Windpower turbines, the wind farm is designed to generate clean electricity required to power 350,000 Mexican homes.

The project is expected to avoid more than 563,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Currently, Acciona Energía operates 556.5MW of wind farms in Mexico which account for 18% of the country’s operational wind power capacity.

Image: Officials from Acciona Energía and Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission contract signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Acciona Energía.