Martifer EPC at 30MW Mexican PV

Portugal’s Martifer Solar has won EPC work at what will become Latin America’s largest PV array – the 30MW Aura Solar 1 project in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

With just 13MW of PV in the ground at present, the project will quadruple the installed PV capacity in Mexico – considered a “key market” in Martifer Solar’s growth plans.

The client, Mexico’s Gauss Energia, will benefit from the first long-term power purchase agreement the Comision Federawl de Electricidad has offered to a privately owned utility-scale PV plant.

In addition to its EPC work, expected to be completed by August, Martifer will stay on to operate and maintain the plant.

The order “confirms our best expectations for 2013”, says Martifer Solar chief executive Henrique Rodrigues.

Aura Solar 1 is expected to generate 82 GWh/year – equivalent to the average consumption of 160,000 people in Mexico.

The project, covering 100 hectares, is being funded by local development bank Nafin, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, and Corporacion Aura Solar.