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Construction Begins on Largest Solar Power Project in the Americas

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Construction has begun on a 754-MW solar power park in Mexico that will be the largest in all of North and South America when it becomes operational next year, CleanTechnica reported.

A subsidiary of Enel Green Power is developing the Villanueva Solar Park in North Mexico. Firmer will supply over 600 of its R 11015 TL 1500V inverters for the project, while NEXTracker will supply single-axis trackers.

"Mexico, along with India, Australia and the Middle East is part of a new wave of renewable energy markets poised for significant growth over the next few years," said NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. "Much of that growth will be supported by single-axis solar tracking technology.”

NEXTracker noted the key drive and electrical components of its trackers are sealed to prevent penetration by sand and dust, which is critical for the project’s desert climate.

The plant will deliver power to 1.3 million households and offset 780,000 tons of CO2.

Mexico’s energy ministry is aggressively pursuing solar, and has granted more than 4 GW of projects after a renewable energy auction in 2014.