Chinese solar energy products developer Suntech Power will supply photovoltaic modules for a 30MW solar power plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Portugal- based Martifer Solar will install around 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels at the solar power project, being developed by Gauss Energia.

Gauss Energia CEO Hector Olea said Aura Solar is the first project of a larger initiative that aims to become a platform to develop utility-scale PV facilities in Mexico.

"With Mexico’s solar potential expected to reach around 2,000 MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and it is paving the way for future projects in the field. We are quite satisfied to have worked with Suntech and Martifer on this project," added Olea.

Owned by Corporacion Aura Solar, the solar power project is backed by Mexican local development bank NAFIN, and the International Finance Corporation.

Construction of the project is slated for completion in August 2013.

Suntech Power noted that the solar plant is expected to have a production capacity of around 82GWh annually, which is equivalent to offsetting more than 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The clean electricity generated at the project will be purchased by a federal power company in the country under a Power Purchase Agreement.