PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER STATIONS OF SANTIAGO AND HERMOSILLO
Santiago, the largest photovoltaic power station in the world built by Iberdrola
The company, through its subsidiary Iberdrola México Renovables, is currently building two new photovoltaic power stations in Mexico: Santiago in San Luis Potosí and Hermosillo in Sonora.
Santiago photovoltaic power station: main data.
Santiago and Hermosillo: a huge step forward for Mexican photovoltaic power
The Santiago photovoltaic power station, located in the state of San Luis Potosí (Mexico), will be the largest photovoltaic power facility built by the company in the world. The new facility will transform the solar radiation of the high plateau of Potosí into electrical energy with over 660,000 photovoltaic modules and prevent the emission of 340,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year.
The power station will require an investment of over 250 million dollars and approximately 750 people will participate in the construction works, mainly local workers.
When the power station is commissioned in 2018, it will have an installed capacity of 170 MW, generating 460 GWh of energy per year — capable of supplying electricity to 138,000 households —, and it will occupy an area of 750 hectares.
Moreover, the Hermosillo photovoltaic power station, found in the northern state of Sonora, will have an installed capacity of 100 MW, generated with 392,940 photovoltaic modules, distributed in an area of 300 hectares. As in the case of the Santiago power station, it is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2018.
Both photovoltaic power stations are proof of Iberdrola's commitment to renewable energies in Mexico and they contribute to reaching the national clean energy goals defined in the Mexican Energy Transition Act, which establishes the goal of reaching 35% of clean energy by 2025.
Mexico, the perfect scenario for photovoltaic power
The Aztec country meets a series of privileged requirements for the development of photovoltaic power:
- In geographical terms, it is at a high altitude, so solar panels can operate at lower temperatures. In addition, it is located inside the 'sun belt', where we can find the highest levels of radiation in the world.
- In business terms, there is no high concentration of companies specialising in the photovoltaic power sector, but there is a mature solar thermal power industry, with a high degree of acceptance.
Iberdrola has taken into account these critical factors before choosing Mexico to develop its two first large-scale photovoltaic power projects and to plan four new photovoltaic power stations in Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Puebla and Nueva León for 2021.