This past July, the Bluemex Power 1 Solar Project (Bluemex) went online to supply power to nearby Empalme, Mexico.
EDF Renewables Mexico built the 119.6 megawatt peak (MWp) plant that spans more than 340 hectares near Empalme, Sonora. Canadian Solar Inc. supplied the photovoltaic modules for the plant, which is one of two projects in the country that’s been awarded to EDF Renewables Mexico.
Bluemex will be capable of generating 277 gigawatt hours per year (GWh). The plant cost $110 million to build and created 900 jobs during construction in addition to 18 permanent operation and maintenance jobs. Gransolar provided engineering, procurement and construction services.
After the plant went online, EDF Renewables will perform asset management, operation and maintenance in addition to on-site 24/7/365 dispatch and monitoring service to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.
“We offer our sincere thanks to the landowners, municipal, state and federal authorities for the long-standing support to bringing this project to operation,” says Vice President and Country Manager for EDF Renewables Mexico, Gerardo Pérez Guerra. “This project is contributing to Mexico’s international commitments concerning clean energy and is also playing a relevant role by supporting several social and environmental projects in the nearby community of San Fernando and municipality of Empalme.”
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. With operations in Mexico since 2001, EDF Renewables installed its first wind project in the country in 2009 and operates 1 GW of wind and solar projects in Mexico, too.