Mexico opens 39MW Aura Solar

Partners Martifer Solar and Gauss Energia have cut the ribbon at what they claim is Latin America’s largest grid-connected PV plant – the 39MW Aura Solar in Mexico.

The new plant instantly quadruples Mexico’s installed PV capacity, helping it towards its 35%  renewable energy share target by 2026.

Located in La Paz, Baja California Sur, the project was backed by local development bank Nafin and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Martifer handled EPC at the plant and will be responsible for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services.

Aura Solar uses more than 132,000 ground-mounted PV modules supplied by China's Suntech, and is expected to provide enough power to supply more than 160,000 people.

The project partners say it has secured the first power purchase agreement (PPA) between a private company and Mexico’s federal electricity commission, with a 20-year deal in place.

The opening ceremony was attended by Enrique Peña Nieto, the President of Mexico.