Mexico state utility's first solar plant set to start operations

Mexico City, February 22, 2012 — Mexican state power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad's 1 MW Santa Rosalía photovoltaic pilot project in Baja California Sur state will soon begin operations, according to the utility.

The solar power plant will be CFE's first in the country, and sits on land beside the road to the company's Las Tres Vírgenes geothermal plant. Microm, a unit of Grupo Condumex, constructed the plant.

Baja California Sur's Mulegé municipality said in a statement last year that the project would require $6.13 million investment.

Mexico currently has roughly 25 MW solar capacity and CFE last year selected Spanish firm Abengoa Solar to develop the 14 MW concentrated solar component of the Agua Prieta II thermoelectric-solar hybrid pilot project in Sonora state.

CFE also recently awarded Spanish group Iberdrola the contract to build the 5MW Cerro Prieto PV pilot project in Baja California state, beside CFE's Cerro Prieto geothermal plant.

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