EDF fires up its first solar power plant in Mexico

Production from 119MW Bluemex project sold under long-term power tender awarded in 2016

France's EDF Renewables has started operations at the 119.6MW Bluemex PV plant in Mexico, its first in the Central American country.

The developer, which also operates around 900MW of wind in Mexico, did not disclose the capital investment made in the project.

The Bluemex solar power plant was contracted at the country’s second energy auction in 2016. Since then, Mexico’s PV installed capacity has climbed to 4GW, according to local press reports, and has just under 5GW of wind power in operation.

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Mexico contracted a total of 7GW of wind and solar capacity in three the tenders held between 2015 and 2018ut, but after current centre-left president was sworn in at the end of 2018, a fourth tender, in March, was cancelled. The government has yet announce a new contracting policy.

In the next two years, most of the increase in capacity – currently set to be just under 5GW – will come from projects contracted in the first three clean energy tenders.

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